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MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art

Farshid Moussavi

The origins of architecture have been located by theorists in the archetypal cave and tent. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland has few obvious cave-like qualities; as budget limitations prohibited the construction of underground space, the entire building is above grade. The new structure is however tent-like with eye-catching segmental facades cladding an interior of which the passerby is offered only occasional, tantalizing glimpses. It is the exterior skin of this compact, unorthodox form that defines or communicates the host institution to the urban realm. The rational resolution of geometries and the smooth integration of building components is matched by an attention to finish, to the reflectivity of surfaces that animate the tautly wrapped volume. The neighborhood re-presents itself.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) does not have a permanent collection;...

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