Since Frank Gehry created the Walt Disney Concert Hall 10 years ago, and J Paul Getty gave the city an eponymous museum six years prior to that, Los Angeles hasn’t had a cultural moment quite like the build-up to The Broad (pictured; www.broadartfoundation.org). This public museum of contemporary art – with a honeycomb-like, Escher-style exoskeleton by Diller Scofidio + Renfro – opens next year. It will function as an archival vault and gallery space for the collections of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who gifted $2bn to the city to build, endow and fill the museum with some 2,000 artworks by the likes of Koons, Lichtenstein, Sherman and Basquiat.
This impressive project is the spectacular face to a wider nip-and-tuck that’s happening across the city – including work to one of its most iconic swimming pools. In July the 101-year-old candy-pink Beverly Hills Hotel (www.beverlyhillshotel.com; from $580) unveiled its new pool cabanas, all now with 46in flatscreen TVs. The new Cabana Café will be open in the evenings, making the pool area a dinner destination for LA’s tastemakers, some of whom are still in a huff over the Hotel Bel-Air(www.hotelbelair.com; from $460) and its 2011 redesign, which continues to divide opinion.
On June 20 the city also finally unveiled the Great Hall, the heart of the new $1.5bn Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. It is packed with decent restaurants, including a sushi bar with air-shipped fish from Tokyo and high-end shopping, from Gucci to Hermès.