The Broad Museum, LA’s new $140 million contemporary art museum located in downtown Los Angeles is mid-way through construction. The museum, which is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and managed by Lead Architect Gensler is set to open in late 2014. As part of the project team, PlanNet was brought in by the Broad Foundation to work on the design of the cable and audio visual (AV) infrastructure and systems.
The museum, which will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art, had some complex requirements for their audio visual infrastructure. PlanNet designed a fully-flexible digital video and audio patching system for the floors and ceilings of the galleries so that the Broad’s extensive collection of audio visual artwork is supported in various locations. The challenge of accommodating decades-old analog technologies like CRT projectors alongside digital 4k resolution sources was overcome by a robust design that featured HDBaseT conversion, scaling, and transmit/receive equipment over copper and fiber cabling.
PlanNet also designed the keynote conference and presentation space located just inside the iconic “oculus” on the east side of the building. This system includes surround sound, live audio mixing, several presentation locations, DLP projection, distributed ceiling speakers, and touch panel/iPad control. Along with the other movie preview rooms, lobby, multi-purpose room, galleries, server rooms, and support spaces, PlanNet has helped the Broad Foundation achieve an audio visual system that will serve the operational and artistic needs of the museum for many years to come.