The Broad Plaza



The 24,000–sf plaza to the south of The Broad creates an inviting green space from Grand Avenue to Hope Street, tapping into the new spirit of downtown L.A. through a mix of culture, recreation, and food. The plaza landscaping features a bosque of Barouni olive trees originally seeded in the early 20th century in groves in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California. Characterized by dappled sunlight, crushed stone paving, and flowering groundcover, the bosque provides a buffer and counterpoint to activity on the street. A sunlit lawn complements the intimate scale of the bosque and provides a venue for The Broad’s outdoor public programming, which will include films, performances, receptions, and educational programs, as well as events produced in coordination with the new restaurant. The plaza’s furnishings include tree stump tables and seating fabricated from salvaged olive trees, as well as movable furniture to allow visitors to reconfigure the space. A mid-block crosswalk connects the plaza with its neighbors along Grand Avenue, including MOCA and the Colburn School. Wide stairs and an elevator at the end of the plaza allow easy access to Hope Street and the planned Metro station. Other enhancements to the block include wider sidewalks on the west side of the street, new plantings of Chinese Pistache trees, and installation of LED street lights and in-ground uplights in front of the museum. The Broad Plaza is a collaboration with Hood Design.

  • The Broad public plaza with century-old Barouni olive trees
    The Broad public plaza with century-old Barouni olive trees
Project information
Size (GSF)24000LocationThe Broad, Los Angeles, United States
Partner-in-ChargeElizabeth Diller
Principal DesignerRicardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro
Project DirectorKevin Rice
Design TeamKumar Atre,Oskar Arnorsson,Ryan Botts,John Chow,Gerardo Ciprian,Robert Condon,Zachary Cooley,Charles Curran,Robert Donnelly,Eliza Higgins,Chris Hillyard,Michael Hundsnurscher,Matthew Johnson,Robert Loken,Nkiru Mokwe,William Ngo,Matthew Ostrow,Haruka Saito,Daniel Sakai,Andrea Schelly,Anne-Rachel Schiffmann,Zoë Small,and Quang Truong
    Photography by Iwan Baan