Official opening of The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio – 7 October 2012
The 2012 design of the MoCa was led by British-Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi and Foreign Office Architects. The architectural design integrates the museum within the surrounding Uptown and encourages an interaction through the building’s façade. From the ground floor the MoCa is accessible along all sides of the façade with the main entrance positioned facing east and overlooking Toby’s Plaza.
The project reflects the ethos of the museum and as described by Moussavi is “designed to serve as a public ‘living room’ in a cosmopolitan neighborhood. The materiality of the building translates an idea of the creative motivations of the MoCa with Moussavi describing the mirror-finish black stainless steel of the exterior as a decision to allow a play of sunlight and mirroring of the surrounding plaza.
Upon entering the building, visitors will find themselves in an atrium where they can see the dynamic shape and structure of the building as it rises. The exposed steel structure is treated with a deep blue intumescent paint, providing a sense of orientation within the museum interior.
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