LACMA Expansion: Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Resnick Pavilion

LACMA Expansion: Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Resnick Pavilion

The aim of this project was to fuse the scattered building of the museum into a cohesive campus with new public and exhibition spaces. The first phase centred on the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) and the pedestrian connections through the campus. The second phase was the contruction of the Resnick Pavilion, which houses temporary exhibitions. The saw-thooth roof and travertine facades are a reminiscent of and industrial building. All this takes us back to the idea of the factory, a factory in the service of contemporary art where the genres spills over, merge and find a way to re-establish contact with nature.



Project data


BCAM 2003 - 2005

Resnick 2006 - 2007


BCAM 2006 - 2007

Resnick 2009 - 2010

Site area

BCAM 40.430,76 m2

Resnick 33.291 m2

Total Floor Area

BCAM 6.754 m2 

Resnick 3.900 m2


BCAM 27,38 m

Resnick 13,8 m


BCAM 3 floors

Resnick 1 + 1 basement



Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)


Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler Associates (Santa Monica), architects


Broad Contemporary Art Museum: Arup (structure and services); Advanced Structures Incorporated (façade); Davis Langdon (cost consultant); KPFF (civil engineering)

Resnick Pavilion: Arup (structure and services); Davis Langdon (cost consultant); R. Irwing (landscaping)