The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Broad is a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The museum is named for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections. The museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection galleries. It opened on September 20, 2015.


The Architecture

The museum’s design is intended to contrast with its bright metallic perforated exterior while respecting its architectural presence by having a porous, “honeycomb-like” exterior. The building design is based on a concept entitled “the veil and the vault“.


Source: Diller Scofidio + Renfro


The veil” is a porous envelope that wraps the whole building, filtering and transmitting daylight to the indoor space. This skin is made of 2,500 rhomboidal panels made in fiberglass reinforced concrete supported by a 650-ton steel substructure. “The vault” is a concrete body which forms the core of the building, dedicated to artworks storage, laboratories, curatorial spaces and offices.


Panel Analysis


The Broad museum design merges the two key components of the building: public exhibition space and collection storage. Both of them require maximizing the ability to control the artificial lighting and heating.

To the existing parametric veil, we added the kinetic skin that constrict the openings under direct sun and dilate the openings while they are away from the sun in order to provide natural daylight but further filtered, at the same time improve the visitor experience as well as reduce interior heating and cooling costs.

Pseudo Code

Kinetic Skin

The Broad Museum- Computational Design Basics is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture in 2021/2022 ; Students: Preetam Srinivaspuram Prabhakar/ Yue Wu ; Faculty: David Andres Leon / Ashkan Foroughi Dehnavi ; Assistant Laukik Lad / Uri Lewis Torres