Broad Goes Downtown

Nicolai Ouroussoff fingers downtown LA as the site for Eli Broad’s new museum in the New York Times:

according to several people directly involved in the project, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak about the matter or have signed confidentiality agreements, Mr. Broad has been pursuing development of the downtown site, next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, for several months now.

Early this year the Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne began working on a design for the downtown site at Mr. Broad’s request. Then in early April, after that plan was abandoned, Mr. Broad initiated a secret competition among six architecture teams, all of whom were asked to sign confidentiality agreements, for the same site. The teams — from the offices of Rem Koolhaas; Diller Scofidio & Renfro; Christian de Portzamparc; Sanaa; Foreign Office Architects; and Herzog & de Meuron — presented their designs to a competition jury last week.

Eli Broad Said to Pick Site for New Museum (New York Times)