Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland reveals new design

Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland reveals new design

Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art has released renderings of its new museum building – designed by London-based firm Foreign Office Architects (FOA) – which looks likely to bring architect and design tourists to the North American city.

The visually stunning structure will be clad in black mirror-finish stainless steel, reflecting the museum’s surroundings and changing in appearance with differences in light and weather. It will have a hexagonal base, with six faceted sides that rise in to a square roof.

MOCA Director Jill Snyder says, “FOA’s design for our building is the perfect expression of our program – one that will not only enable us to operate at the highest level, but that will also be beautiful, intriguing, and sensitive to our urban surroundings and community.”

MOCA, the only contemporary art museum in Cleveland, is a non-collecting gallery and so does not accommodate collection galleries. In total, the museum will put on between eight and 10 exhibitions each year, and past exhibitions have included Hugging and Wrestling: Contemporary Israeli Photography and Video, and Marilyn Minter: Orange Crush. The main gallery will be situated at the top of the museum with moving walls to allow flexibility for a variety of configurations.

This will be the first museum project from award-winning architects FOA, whose design for Yokohama Port Terminal in Japan earned them international acclaim. FOA also worked alongside architecture firm Westlake Reed Leskosky on the enviable project – museum design is a rare and incredible opportunity in the architecture world.

“Museums today are not just homes for art, but serve multiple functions and host a variety of activities,” says Farshid Moussavi, principal of FOA, “our design for MOCA Cleveland aims to provide visitors with a museum that is a dynamic public space in which to experience contemporary art in its infinite manifestations.”

On completion, the museum will become a cultural icon in Cleveland, providing a space for education and inspiration for both new and existing visitors. A wide range of art and design-related products, publications and limited-edition artworks will be available from the museum’s shop, ArtSpace.

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