Friday, December 10, 2010

"Trustees of Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland approve new, $26.7 million home"

Repost from Crain's:

Trustees of Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland approve new, $26.7 million home


4:30 am, November 2, 2010

Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland this morning voted unanimously to proceed with construction of a $26.7 million home for the institution in the Uptown development in University Circle.

Groundbreaking for the building should take place in December. MOCA Cleveland by fall 2012 expects to open the building, which is designed by Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects in London.

“We are gratified by the significant progress we have made thanks to generous financial support from our board and our community,” said MOCA Cleveland executive director Jill Snyder in a statement.

“As of today, our building project budget of $26.7 million is fully funded, including $5.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, which will go toward MOCA's endowment,” she said.

Ms. Snyder said fundraising efforts are continuing in an effort to raise an additional $4.85 million to reach MOCA Cleveland's project goal.

The four-story, 34,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road will be 42% larger than MOCA Cleveland's current leased space at 8501 Carnegie Ave. The structure's main exhibition gallery will be on the fourth floor.

description of the building's design on the MOCA Cleveland web site indicates the new museum's façade will be clad primarily in mirror-finish black Rimex stainless steel to “reflect its urban surroundings, changing in appearance with differences in light and weather.”

Window glazing “will be tinted to assimilate with the reflective skin so that during the day the building will read as a unified volume, while at night interior lights will create a dynamic pattern on the dark surface,” the museum says.
A rendering of the design for the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland building.
Photo credit: MOCA Cleveland