A decades-long dilemma had plagued the University of California, Berkeley, over what to do about its art museum. The persistent problem—involving whether to tear down and what to build—ultimately involved not one but three buildings, and as many architects.
Los Angeles has a reputation for unabashed architectural eclecticism, and The Broad Museum, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR), next-door to Gehry's Disney Hall, is a radical example of such contrasts. While the iconic concert hall is sculpturally exuberant, metallic, and reflective, the museum is boxy, with a deeply perforated cementitious wrapper, almost a honeycomb, lifted at two corners for its entrances.
The drama of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DSR) master plan for the redevelopment of the Lincoln Center campus has been unfolding like a grand opera — with bold, crowd-pleasing gestures over several acts.
It seems remarkable that architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio—longtime irreverent skeptics of the very idea of the art museum—ever won the commission to design the recently completed home of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), in Boston.