Broad Art Museum irks many, but adds to the landscape

If there is one thing to be said for the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum ( Web | Twitter ) nearing completion in East Lansing, it is that everyone seems to have an opinion on it.  Buildings in East Lansing have a few different feelings, ranging from depression-era projects, cheap glass and steel ventures from the boom years of the 1950s, and a few structures pre-dating World War I.  The Broad Museum, a project of Zaha Hadid Architects, sticks in your eye, which is exactly why I like it so much.  Not every building on a college campus should look the same.  The new design helps to give the Michigan State University campus a more timeless feel – suggesting that the university has lived through more than one time period.  It shakes up the routine of college buildings that are nice to look at, but predictable.

I am interested to see how long this steel cladding maintains its shine in the severely overcast and damp Mid-Michigan winter.  I will leave the serious architectural critique to serious architects and serious posers.

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