Broad Museum Oculus

2015 | Los Angeles
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The facade (aka the ‘veil’) features a depression creating the illusion that it dips behind the glass and re-emerges. To maintain the illusion, the portion inside the building must hang from the glass on the interior without additional external support. The exterior part of the veil is made of GFRC and a steel frame which would be too heavy to support from the mullions. FRP makes a much lighter alternative and can be designed to match the finish of the exterior.

The oculus was designed in 5 pieces to fit through the narrowest door for access to the conference room where it was assembled and installed.

K&A Scope:
Shop drawings, engineering, fabrication, and delivery to job site.

  • Facade contractor (K&A customer): Seele
  • General contractor: Matt Construction
  • Composite Engineer:┬áJordan Composites, Martin and Martin
  • Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro