Monday, May 24, 2010

Six are finalists to design Eli Broad's art museum in downtown L.A.

Six architects have been asked by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad to prepare preliminary designs for the site on the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street where he hopes to build a museum to house his collection of postwar and contemporary art.

Even as he continues to negotiate with city and county officials and with representatives of developer Related Cos., Broad and his chief of staff, Gerun Riley, have been running an invited architectural competition for the project.

The architects include Pritzker Prize winners Rem Koolhaas (whose firm is called Office for Metropolitan Architecture); Swiss pair Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron; French architect Christian de Portzamparc; and Japanese duo Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, whose Tokyo firm, SANAA, is the winner of the 2010 Pritzker. The other invited firms are New York-based Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, designers of the 2006 Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, among other projects, and London's Foreign Office Architects

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