farshid moussavi architecture: MOCA cleveland
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oct 14, 2012
farshid moussavi architecture: MOCA cleveland

designed by london-based farshid moussavi architecture, MOCA cleveland has just opened in a neighborhood of cleveland, ohio.
one of the few in the country, the non-collecting art museum intends to become a catalyst for creativity and growth with changing exhibitions and displays throughout the 34,000 square foot building. eliminating the need for permanent galleries, the main priority of the design was flexibility to accommodate a great variety of media and genres within the four storeys.

image © dean kaufman (also main image) / all images courtesy of farshid moussavi architecture



resting on a triangular site, the geometric form begins with a hexagonal footprint and rises 60 feet to the square facet for the roof. entrances at all sides of the perimeter allows the interior to be used in many ways. upon entering, visitors are confronted with a full-building height atrium, revealing the angled exterior walls as it spans to the ceiling.

mirror-finish black stainless steel reflects the sky
image © dan michaels



guiding towards the lobby, cafe and shop with double-storey multi-purpose room for public events. a grand focal staircase takes visitors to the upper levels, experiencing the structural system of the building and culminating with a 6,000 square foot gallery at the top floor. without fixed partition walls, the space may be configured as needed with views towards the plaza below.

doorway within reflective facade
image © dean kaufman

ground floor
image © dean kaufman

grand stair
image © dean kaufman

image © dean kaufman

image © dean kaufman

ground floor commons
image © dean kaufman

interior office
image © dean kaufman

exterior facing euclid avenue
image © dean kaufman



project info:


construction budget: $18.7 million
area: 34,000 sqf
project team:
design architect: farshid moussavi architecture (until june 2011 FOA)
executive architect: westlake reed leskosky
engineering services: westlake reed leskosky
facade engineering: arup facades



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