david adjaye MCA denver
david adjaye MCA denver
jan 25, 2013

david adjaye MCA denver


david adjaye mca denverimage courtesy MCA denver


MCA denver is a non-collecting institution acting as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange, and dialogue. in 2007, eleven years after its founding, the museum opened a new david adjaye-designed building in lower downtown denver. MCA denver presents exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, as well as offering ongoing public programs that explore the relationship between art and contemporary life.

the building’ is adjaye’s first museum commission, and was designed to minimize boundaries between the exterior spaces of the city and the interior galleries of the museum. hidden skylights fill the interior spaces with natural light. windows look out on the streets of the central platte valley. the building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a shop, and a library. there are three levels of different heights. if you haven’t been, there is one more reason why you need to go:  the MCA café, a curated culinary space on the rooftop, offering coffee, lunch and a full bar.



david adjaye MCA denver

david adjaye MCA denver exterior viewimage courtesy MCA denver




david adjaye MCA denver

david adjaye MCA denver exterior view on balconyimage courtesy MCA denver




 david adjaye MCA denverroof top with caféimage courtesy MCA denver



david adjaye MCA denverimages courtesy MCA denver




david adjaye MCA denverside viewimage courtesy MCA denver




david adjaye MCA denverscale modelimage courtesy david adjaye



david adjaye at design indaba 2013david adjayeportrait © designboom


credits27,000 square feetgold LEED certified5 galleries, library, cafe, shop, education center and event hall$16,400,000

as director of special projects and deputy director of the museum of contemporary art / denver, john grant managed the architect selection, design, contract negotiation, and construction of the museum’s first permanent home.

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
508,326 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine