The Broad, designed by Arup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler was announced as the Supreme Winner at the Surface Design Awards 2017.
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is home to 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent in post-war and contemporary art worldwide. The 120,000 square foot building featuring two floors of gallery space was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Arup provided a range of multi-disciplinary building services, including lighting design and acoustic consulting. The stunning building, with its thoughtful approach to design, was described by the judges as “environmentally and technically great” and an “awe inspiring space, seamless with a clever use of light and form”.
The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. 33 projects were named as finalists for the 2017 awards with 45 per cent of shortlisted projects being from overseas. Each project was judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design.
The strength of all the projects made for some difficult decisions, however some stand out projects, including The Broad, were unanimously chosen by all. Pavlina Akritas, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup, said: “It’s clear that this is an incredibly special, visually stimulating building and it’s great for it to have been recognised with this award.”