Los Angeles’s self-improvement continues apace

A new museum, a super-luxe pool and a chic airport hall create a buzz

The Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for The Broad public museum of contemporary art, Los Angeles
The Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for The Broad public museum of contemporary art, Los Angeles

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.

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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.

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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.

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