FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
jul 19, 2010

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

located at the intersection of euclid avenue and mayfield road, the new MOCA is a flagship project of cleveland’s emerging uptown district, a major urban-revitalization project. the museum will serve as a catalyst for creativity and growth in the area -which is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of cultural, educational, and medical institutions -with greatly expanded educational and public programs, as well as imaginative collaborations with neighboring organizations and cultural partners.

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
all images courtesy FOA



designed by foreign office architects (FOA), london, the nearly 34,000-square-foot, four-storey structure is FOA’s first major building in the united states, and its first museum. positioned within university circle’s academic life, art school activity, and cultural offerings, MOCA will realize its dynamic potential. the building is designed to showcase a program of internationally emerging art in flexible gallery spaces.

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland



the lobby is designed as an urban living room,a place for visitors to mingle, eat, shop, attend events, over the course of hours, or for brief interludes in a busy day. there will be no admission charge to the first floor space. it is a place to engage at no cost before proceeding on to view our exhibitions for a modest fee. evenings will be frequently animated by cultural events staged in a multi purpose room designed for maximum flexibility.

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
the curtain wall

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
the reflective surface of the facade

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
the main gallery

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
the stairwell

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland

FOA: museum of contemporary art, cleveland
site plan

  • If the stairwell is the attraction, well…

    roast says:
  • I love this. Being from Cleveland, it will be a great addition to a struggling city. Hopefully it will be the catalyst we need.

    Jeff, Ohio says:
  • Wow with the reders, like it 😀

    Mache says:
  • Wonderful – another tortured cube! How completely original! How about something that actually contributes to the city and the streetscape?

    NathanielB says:
  • nossa q merda de vidro e aço.

    t_ says:
  • this project wont be able to even get a B as a third year project. I m sure FOA is better than this…….

    BREADstudio says:
  • I like it!!!

    LMJ says:
  • Well, i hoped better from FOA.
    In my point of view, it looks like a pursuit of an object that just landed there not regarding it surroundings.I mean, look at the site plan and clearly shows the intentions, or lack of them.

    BMF says:
  • The language of the building reads defensive
    its shape, cladding material and the internal focused circulation.
    People use reflective mirror for privacy. eliminate interaction This building shown a strong message about its existence on that site.

    Wesley says:
  • es tan solo un simple cubo de vidrio … para mi no es arquitectura

    glukupikron says:
  • Everybody just calm down. Cleveland is a small town, with a small budget and you get what you pay for. Cleveland is not known as an ” Art Mecca.” This design will catch the eye and hopefully the interest of working people who may venture inside because it is different from the surrounding area. It looks like a hip place to have events that introduce regular people to art. [email protected]

    TommyBronx says:

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