farshid moussavi architecture: MOCA cleveland
farshid moussavi architecture: MOCA cleveland farshid moussavi architecture: MOCA cleveland
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

gallery image © dean kaufman

gallery 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



  • Great! I like the clean roughness and the juxtaposition between the art in its pristine white cube environment and the open installations and structure above. Maybe it was a budget issue but nonetheless. It’s so boring nowadays when everything is hidden away, ipod-style. The staircase is also beautiful, in its clarity and lack of details. We need more of this kind, architecture that works, regardless of money… But please add some drawings! Plans, sections. There are a lot of architects here…

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