Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

  • Client

    • MOCA
  • Project Type

  • LEED Certified Silver
  • Opened/Completed

    • 2012
  • Area

    • 36,000 ft²
  • Cost

    • $18,157,786

Design Achievement - Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-collecting museum featuring ever-changing exhibits that offer visitors new experiences upon each return. The museum's new home is an iconic building at a prominent urban site and the centerpiece of an important redevelopment program of multiple cultural and retail facilities. Devised for both environmental and fiscal sustainability, the design of the four-story building is at once technically inventive, visually stunning, and highly practical. Responding to the roughly triangular site, the building has a hexagonal base that transitions to a square roof. The exterior is clad primarily in mirror-finish black Rimex stainless steel reflecting its urban surroundings. Three of the building’s six facets, one of them clad in transparent glass, flank a public plaza. The interior's open and flexible spaces accommodate frequently changing configurations and use. Circulation can be directed either via the main staircase, open to the atrium, with views of other floors, or the enclosed, illuminated egress stairs. The top floor is structurally unencumbered, needing only to hold the lightweight roof, the underside of which is fully visible.
Scope Summary - DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky programmed the building, collaborating with Design Architect Farshid Moussavi Architects. The main gallery features movable walls that enable the 6,000-SF space to be divided into a variety of configurations accommodating diverse exhibitions. Other exhibit spaces include a gallery for new-media work and a 1,500-SF public gallery. The project also encompasses an atrium, lobby, double-height multi-purpose room, exhibition workshops, spaces for education programs, administrative offices, café and shop, and city-view lounge. DLR Group|WRL engineers worked closely with conservators to establish humidity and temperature criteria for gallery and preservation spaces. Electrical lighting and power systems were designed to allow flexibility and ease of use in spaces that change configuration and/or use frequently such as in gallery spaces and other public areas. DLR Group|WRL also designed the technology, including Wi-Fi throughout the building; all lighting from exterior to gallery to office to public spaces; and all audiovisual systems, including capabilities for screening film, educational technology, and digital signage. The project achieved LEED Silver certification. DLR Group|WRL provided architectural programming; architect of record; MEP and structural engineering; and integrated technology design services, including audiovisual, security, telecommunications, information transport, and lighting.
DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland