It's finally official: After months of speculation, Eli Broad announced that Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design his Broad Collection museum on Grant Avenue in Los Angeles.  

Broad will spend between somewhere between $80 million and $100 million on the 120,000-square-foot building; the architects are expected to reveal their design plans this fall.

Construction on the museum, for which the Santa Monica office of Gensler will serve as executive architect, is anticipated to begin in spring 2011 and to be completed in late 2012. The project will include approximately 50,000 square feet of skylit galleries, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop.

The museum will be built across the street from Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (featured in the November 2003 RECORD)--and will take its place in a neighborhood with one of the world's densest concentrations of high-profile design projects.

In addition to Gehry's work, there is the Museum of Contemporary Art by Arata Isozaki, the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral by Rafael Moneo (featured in the November 2002 RECORD) and the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts by Coop Himmelb(l)au (featured in the January 2010 RECORD].

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Frank Gehry's Walt Disney concert hall will soon have a new neighbor.

"This will be an iconic piece of architecture, and I can think of no other two-block stretch anywhere in the world where you can see five works of such impressive contemporary architecture,” said Broad.

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In the hood: Coophimmelb(l)au's high school; photo by Tom Bonner

Among Diller Scofidio + Renfro's recent work covered by RECORD: the renovation and expansion of Lincoln Center in New York City, the Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston harbor, and the innovative High Line park in Manhattan. The firm's work has also been featured in two RECORD videos: in one, Ricardo Scofidio takes us on a tour of the High Line; in the other, we go inside Alice Tully Hall.

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DS+R's expansion of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall; photo by Iwan Baan