A striking, angular façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum makes a contemporary statement in the heart of Michigan State University.
“The use of glass in our work enables the spatial experience to be fluid between interior and exterior. Critically important in art display is the colour rendition of both artificial and natural light. At the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, the use of highly insulated triple glazed units with a high CRI permitted the optimal exposure and colour of natural light to permeate the space allowing the artwork to be viewed in ideal conditions. Large glass panels spanning between the vertical louvers enabled the design intent of the pleated façade to be achieved allowing generous apertures of light to penetrate the space maximising visitor and viewer experience and enhancing the architecture.” – Craig Kiner, Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University features a striking, angular façade of pleated stainless steel and glass. Committed to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through art, the 46,000 sf (4,273 sq m), three-story museum serves as an educational resource for the university and a cultural hub for the state. It features contemporary works within a historical context, from Greek and Roman periods to modern day.
This museum sits on a traditional, red-brick campus while presenting a contemporary house for art. The stainless steel cladding and accompanying glass leans in different directions, allowing light to penetrate at multiple angles, at different times of day. The laminated, triple-glazed glass panels weigh up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg) and measure up to 4×15 feet (121×457 cm), covering about 7,000 sf (650 sq m) of the building envelope. The glass came from Guardian Industries’ Luxembourg plant.
Courtesy of Guardian Glass