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Farshid Moussavi's shiny new Cleveland gallery nears completion

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Construction work has nearly finished on Farshid Moussavi Architecture’s new home for The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

Originally won in competition under the banner of her former practice Foreign Office Architects’ in 2006 (AJ 31.06.06), the scheme will mark London-based Moussavi’s US debut when it opens on 8 October this year (2012).

The 18m-tall, four-storey building in Cleveland’s Uptown district will also be Moussavi’s first completed museum building.

Clad in mirror-finish black Rimex stainless steel, the 3,100m² structure rises from a hexagonal base to a square top which houses the main exhibition space.

MOCA executive director Jill Snyder said: ‘This building’s design is a perfect expression of the museum’s philosophy and programs. Flexibility is key to a program like ours that embraces aesthetic, conceptual and cultural diversity, and displays works in a great variety of media and genres.’

Farshid Moussavi Architecture's new home for The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

Source: Dan Michaels, Courtesy MOCA Cleveland

Farshid Moussavi Architecture’s new home for The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

Previous story (AJ 19.07.2010)

Revealed: FOA’s first major American project

Foreign Office Architects’ (FOA) has unveiled these images of its first major project in the US - the new ‘signature building’ for the The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

The 10,300m², four-storey facility will give the museum ‘street presence for the first time in its forty-plus-year history’ and could start on site by the end of 2010.

The $26.3 million (£17.6 million) project is being hailed as a ‘flagship’ of Cleveland’s emerging Uptown district - a large urban-regeneration project led by Case Western Reserve University.

Foreign Office Architects' new 'signature building' for the The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Foreign Office Architects’ new ‘signature building’ for the The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

MOCA claim the building will allow it to present a range of ground-breaking exhibitions and programmes as well as acting as a catalyst for creativity and growth.

The design team includes Cleveland-based executive architects Westlake Reed Leskosky.



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