1. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Architect: Zaha Hadid

In stunning pleated steel, Zaha Hadid's quiet—considering the massive buzz of last year's St. Mathews School and Olympic Aquatic Center—entry to 2012 best of lists proved her genius in museum design. Call it contemporary art to house contemporary art. Call it a sculptural contrast to the Collegiate Gothic that surrounds. Call it a much needed anecdote to Eli Broad and MoCA L.A. news—a reminder that his contribution to the art world extends beyond Southern California. Regardless of what you call it, Hadid's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum captured our attention and won't likely fade out of memory anytime soon.

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