Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum design competition


I had the opportunity to view remarkable presentations to jurors by five outstanding and talented architectural design firms. These firms – from Vienna, London, New York and California – were at the Pasant Theatre to present their conceptual designs and ideas as part of the competition to select a firm who will work with the university in creating the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

The jurors, Eli Broad, Edwin Chan, Michael Govan, Richard Koshalek, Cecil Mackey, Dolores Wharton and Kate Pew Wolters, each offered unique observations and perspectives. They engaged in lively dialogue and made recommendations supporting this exceptional cultural opportunity for MSU.

In addition, it was wonderful to see more than 200 people from the MSU and mid-Michigan community in the audience. I was especially pleased to see students observing this special educational opportunity and even sketching the architectural models.

It’s important to note these talented architects presented only their respective conceptual paths for the museum. Using the recommendations of the jury, we’ll look at the potential of these paths and make a final selection of whom we want to share this landmark journey with.

A decision is expected to be made in early September. The selected firm will work collaboratively through the next year with MSU staff and others, including architectural, engineering and museum consultants, to create a final design. We expect to break ground in the fall of 2008, coinciding with the Year of the Arts, and expect to open the doors of this new iconic landmark in 2010.

I’m certain that whichever firm is selected, MSU will be home to a beautiful, inspiring, world-class museum that will further the advancement of art and education not only on this campus, but in the community, the region and indeed the state of Michigan.

To view renderings of the designs and to learn more about the Broad museum project, please visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Special Report.


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