Scaffolding comes down at Los Angeles’ Broad Museum, but the first impressions are mixed

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The Broad, sans scaffolding (Gary Leonard)

The Broad, sans scaffolding (Gary Leonard)

Rarely has the removal of a building’s scaffolding caused as much hubbub as when Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles removed its temporary covering on December 31, revealing its “Veil,” composed of 2,500 fiberglass-reinforced concrete panels.

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The Broad’s Southeast corner (Sam Lubell/AN)

Those panels, you may remember, are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit against fabricator Seele.

Unfortunately for the museum, which will open this fall, much of the media reaction (admittedly not the best indicator of public opinion) has been lukewarm.

The Los Angeles Times likened the veil to a cheese grater and called responses to it “less than ecstatic;” Curbed LA announced that the museum had revealed its “newly disappointing facade,” emphasizing how much clunkier it looked than the elegant renderings; and LAist compared its indented “Oculus” to the “Eye of Sauron” from Lord of the Rings.

Of course, minds could easily change once the museum is running and full of art (and people). Stay tuned. This thing has to open eventually, right? And so you get to see more than the flat, frontal view, here are some new angles, below.

Looking at the front facade (Sam Lubell/AN)

Looking at the front facade (Sam Lubell/AN)

The Broad's southeast corner (Sam Lubell/ AN)

The Broad’s southeast corner (Sam Lubell/ AN)

Looking north up Grand Avenue (Sam Lubell/ AN)

Looking north up Grand Avenue (Sam Lubell/ AN)

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(Sam Lubell / AN)

(Sam Lubell / AN)

(Sam Lubell / AN)

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(Sam Lubell / AN)

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(Sam Lubell / AN)

(Sam Lubell / AN)

(Sam Lubell / AN)

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