The initial momentum for Zaha Hadid Architect’s Design is generated by developing a landscape carpet picking up these loose ends of the urban fabric and interweaving them with the different movement directions across and along the site. This landscape layout develops from an urban end at the western side of the plot. From this Western end, where the plot of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is neighboured by the large Berkey Hall, the new square exposes the western edge of the site by allowing for a deep insight from west to east along Grand River Avenue.The second main transversal crossing over the plot is a modifi cation of the existing pedestrian connection between the corner of Bailey Street / Grand River Avenue and the East Circle Drive on the campus. This path is used as an entry to the eastern end of the plot, the Landscape-Side, at the interface of Museum to sculpture garden. Between these two North-South Axis linking Campus and City, a pattern of linear movements picking up directions of the surrounding structures is woven forming the base for a landscape carpet, introducing different zones and surfaces to the plot and being the base for folding up the volume of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
The stainless steel skin on the outside of the building is mirrored in a white ceiling, conveying the pleated profile of each facade patch to the inside of the galleries and providing them with guided and diffused daylight (primarily north-light) through the open faced of the pleats. The choice of materials reflects the building’s clear-cut volume and form and creates a harmonious and clear background ensemble in plaster walls, concrete floor and wooden flooring on the first floor. The abstract white walls let the artwork speak for itself; the slightly changing light directions indicate subtle changes in atmosphere when moving from room to room to form a spatial background.