The Broad, local rich guy Eli Broad's modern art museum now under-construction on Bunker Hill, was once supposed to open in 2014 and is now maaaaaybe going to open at an undetermined time in 2015. What's to blame? It's that fancy honeycomb "veil" on the exterior. The German architectural fabricator hired to install the steel and glass-fiber-reinforced shell missed its October 2013 deadline to finish and now Broad, who's bankrolling the Diller Scofidio & Renfro-designed museum, is suing their asses, reports the New York Times.
The missed deadline has delayed the project by at least 15 months and added $19.8 million to a pricetag already north of $100 million. "We are fairly confident that the museum will open in 2015, and we will announce an opening date later this year," a museum spokesperson says.
The honeycomb shroud has been difficult since the beginning; it was initially supposed to be made from precast concrete but that proved too unwieldy and expensive, leading to the steel and glass-fiber redux.
· Eli Broad's Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays [NYT]
· Touring Grand Avenue's Under-Construction Broad Art Museum [Curbed LA]
· How to Build the Broad: Scads of Structural Engineers For Diller Scofidio + Renfro's DTLA Museum [Curbed LA]