Eli Broad wants the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design his art museum on Bunker Hill, according to several sources.
The sources, all of whom asked to remain anonymous, citing the confidentiality of the private architectural competition Broad has been overseeing for the museum, said the billionaire philanthropist had indicated that he favored the firm after hearing pitches late last month from six of the leading architecture offices in the world. One of its founders, Elizabeth Diller, was reportedly due to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday evening for meetings with Broad.
Previously, The Times reported that he had narrowed the list for the museum, planned for a Grand Avenue site alongside Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, to two firms: Diller Scofidio and Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which is led by Rem Koolhaas.
The sources cautioned that Broad could still change his mind and pursue a design by one of the other architects, especially if a detailed cost analysis began to suggest that the Diller Scofidio plan would be more expensive to build than first thought. Broad also is waiting for approvals from city and county bodies to lease the Bunker Hill site for $1 per year for 99 years. The site is owned by the city's Community Redevelopment Agency.