Update: MOCA Cleveland / FOA


A few months ago, we first introduced Farshid Moussavi’s design for the new in Cleveland.   This past week, the museum’s board voted to approve the project – a decision that will allow Moussavi and the London office of Foreign Office Architect to jumpstart their first US structure. The new museum, a strong geometric volume dramatically sloping upward, will provide a much needed permanent home for Cleveland’s contemporary art.  Moussavi also revealed more details of her design at Hunter College recently, which has developed to include a plaza designed by Field Operations, a cobalt blue inner skin beneath the black stainless steel structure and a ceremonial entry stair.

More about the updated design after the break.

Field Operations’ plaza will include a row of trees that will serve as a divider between the museum’s site and the adjacent development.  The plaza’s patterned pavement will compliment the triangular building, and provide a softer transition from the street to the galleries.


New renderings allude to a blue lined interior which will create a strong contrast from the stark walls of the gallery.  In the main spaces, the large spans are free of columns and the blue is speckled with white light to resemble the night sky.


The new MOCA is expected to attract 65,000 visitors a year, up from the 20,000 it now attracts.  Although the board has not set a date for a groundbreaking, the goal is for a December start.


Sources: Cleveland.com and AN Blog.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Update: MOCA Cleveland / FOA" 15 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=89040>
  • ryan

    wow. this is not good.

  • daniel

    This is the most uninspired project I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Allan

    the blue colour is not good. The stairs are interesting but do not fit there, as they need more space, not these blank slope walls suffocating them.

  • post-rusty

    Even the video got bored walking up all the stairs. With no reward of height nor geometry, at the top of the stairs a less than generous black box gallery, I think I’d visit the website instead.

    Cleve’s MOCA is still better served in its existing home, or a version thereof, one of the many ignoble vacant industrial structures in east neighborhoods. Hey MOCA board, ever heard of the DIA beacon?

    with much antisappointment,
    Niccolai jr.


  • blackstone

    Seems to be an exercise in style rather than an authentic architectural response. I’m not a fan.

  • Mr Libeskind

    What a copycat!

  • Ivan

    Terrible project. Does the fact that FOA has diminished this much prove that Yokohoma was a one liner or, even, a dead end?

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  • Dom

    That final image looks more like a warehouse repurposed as a gallery. Terribly uninspired.