Competition Seeks Architects to Redesign Downtown Cleveland’s Main Avenue Bridge Underpass

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Downtown Cleveland Alliance seeks a creative professional or team (architect, designer, artist, engineer, landscape architect or combination thereof) to propose unique and attractive design solutions for the area under and around the Main Avenue Bridge Underpass, centered at the intersection of West 9th Street and Main Avenue in Downtown Cleveland. This location is a critical pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular connection between the Warehouse District and the Flats East Bank, with infrastructure, history, and functional potential to inspire the highest level of creative treatments. Request for Qualifications are due Friday, March 6th by 4:30pm! More information, here.

Designs Unveiled for Foster + Partners’ “Health Education Campus” in Cleveland

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Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a new “Health Education Campus” in , . The 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building is designed to foster collaboration between the students of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic on the medical campus’ existing 11-acre parcel at East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues.

Fairview Townhouse / Bucchieri Architects

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Architects: Bucchieri Architects
Location: Cleveland, OH,
Designer: Stephen Bucchieri
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Pease

Mintz Residence / Robert Maschke Architects

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Architects: Robert Maschke Architects
Location: , OH,
Design Team: Robert Maschke, FAIA, Marc Manack, AIA, Matt Lindsay, Charlie Able
Structural Engineer: I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates
Landscape Architect And Civil Engineer: Environmental Design Group
Mep Engineer: Denk Associates, Inc
Area: 4929.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Eric Hanson

C-House / Robert Maschke Architects

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Architects: Robert Maschke Architects
Location: , OH, USA
Design Team: Robert Maschke, FAIA, Marc Manack, AIA, Charlie Able, Charles Chambers, Matt Lindsay, Katarina Striezova, Kurt Weaver, AIA
Structural Engineer: I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates
Landscape Architect And Civil Engineer: Environmental Design Group
Mep Engineer: Denk Associates, Inc
Area: 3761.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Eric Hanson

North Presbyterian Church / SILO AR+D

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Architects: SILO AR+D
Location: , Ohio, United States
Principal: Marc Manack AIA
Project Architect: Kurt Weaver AIA
Project Designer: Charles Chambers LEED AP
Area: 455 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pease Photography

Transforming the Bridge Competition Winners

First Place (Tied) / Archilier Architecture; Courtesy of Transforming the Bridge Competition

Results from the Transforming the Bridge Competition for , , are in.  The competition called for an innovative solution for the redevelopment and repurposing of the abandoned Detroit-Superior Bridge.  The brief called for a variety of uses, dedicated pedestrian and bike paths, performance spaces, and landscaping solutions.  Nine projects made the cut…

Join us after the break for a closer look at the winning projects.

Perk Park / Thomas Balsley Associates with Jim McKnight

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Architects: Thomas Balsley Associates with Jim McKnight
Location: Cleveland, OH,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Pease

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Update: MOCA / Farshid Moussavi

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Just a short time since its public opening celebration, Farshid Moussavi’s Museum of Contemporary Art is already a dynamic hub of activity for the city of Cleveland.  A three-day festival in early October welcomed museum members, out-of-town guests and the general public with a series of art installations, music and entertainment, to showcase the city’s newest icon.  Moussavi joined in the festivities and was honored for her sleek faceted form at the museum’s three-tiered party.   Although we have been following the progress of the project since its conceptual phases, we have yet to see what the mysterious black cube has to offer in terms of interior gallery spaces and public gathering zones… until now! Check out a great series of interior photos plus beautiful exterior photos by photographers Dean Kaufman and Duane Prokop to compliment our set from the summer time.

More after the break. 

Cleveland Design Competition: Transforming the Bridge

Transforming the Bridge © 2012 Design Competition
This year the Cleveland Design Competition is calling for a re-imagining of the Detroit Superior Bridge – a 19th century bridge rich with history and value to Cleveland’s downtown area and industrial zones.  Professional, students, firms and designers are all invited to propose a dynamic public space, performance venue and pedestrian experience along the abandoned lower streetcar level of the bridge.  Registration for this competition closes on September 24th.  The competition deadline is October 5th.  This is an awarded competition for first, second and third prize winners.  A free public reception and exhibition will takes place on October 26th to announce the winners.   To register, visit the official competition website.
For a brief on the competition, join us after the break.

In Progress: Cleveland Museum / Farshid Moussavi

/ Farshid Moussavi. © Dan Michaels/Westlake Reed Leskosky
Nearly two years ago, we introduced Farshid Moussavi’s first major US building – a sleek geometrical design for Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  With its strong formal moves, the museum intends to aid the city’s urban-revitalization efforts by shaping an iconic cultural destination alongside its neighboring concentration of museums, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.   MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder says, “We believe MOCA is contributing a great building to  Cleveland, one that will stimulate critical thinking and animate social exchange. MOCA is expanding its scope and activities on all fronts, supported by new architecture that allows for flexibility, unconventionality, and technological capacity in the presentation of contemporary art.”  The 34,000 sqf building is nearing completion, and a public opening will be celebrated in early October with the inaugural exhibition, Inside Out and from the Ground Up, featuring an in-depth look at how international artists engage with architecture and spatial ideas.

More about the project, including facade photos, after the break. 

27 Coltman Townhouses / Dimit Architects

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Dimit Architects have developed twenty-seven Townhouses in , within Little Italy in a reclaimed inner-city area, providing buyers with homes that are composed of sustainable and locally-produced materials, private outdoor space and beautiful vistas of the surrounding neighborhood.  The design strategy of the homes will give the owners the power to customize their spaces with complimentary interior design consultations from a selection of leading firms, including Dimit Architects.

Join us after the break for more on this project.

Campus International School for Downtown Cleveland Proposal / OS+A

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The project proposal for the Campus International School for Downtown , designed by OS+A,  illustrates the transformation of Cleveland State University’s master plan for converting the area into a dense mixed-use development and with recreation fields. The quotation ‘’an opportunity to re-evaluate the broader terrain in which children learn and give as great an emphasis on learning environments as others have given the educational philosophies’’ formed the basis for their proposal. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cleveland State University Student Center / Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects with Braun & Steidl Architects

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Architect:Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (Design Architect) with Braun & Steidl Architects (Architect of Record)
Location: Cleveland, Ohio,
Construction Manager: Heery International
Project Area: 138,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Downtown Cleveland Plan / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

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The Seattle based landscape architecture practice Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has recently worked on the submittal for the Downtown Plan and we are fortunate enough to share their material with our readers. Read after the break for a architects description and additional images.

cleve[r]land / Influx_Studio


Paris based INFLUX_STUDIO has shared with ArchDaily their design proposal for the “Connecting ” urban strategy, a multimodal center built into the infrastructure fabric of the city’s lakefront. Additional images of their strategy and a outline of their conceptualization after the break.

Update: MOCA Cleveland / FOA


A few months ago, we first introduced Farshid Moussavi’s design for the new Museum of Contemporary Art 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.

MOCA Cleveland / FOA


Residents are hopeful that Foreign Office Architects (FOA)’s first museum design (and the firm’s first major US building) will help ’s urban-revitalization project move forward.  Farshid Moussavi of the FOA London has designed a geometric volume that dominates the Uptown area’s site, creating a bold icon for the new Museum of Contemporary Art.  Prior to this, the MOCA rented a 23,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the Cleveland Play House complex, but with this 34,000 sqf new home, the museum will be able to showcase a bigger selection and accommodate more visitors.

More images, a cool video, and more about the project after the break.