Last night in a presentation at Hunter College, Farshid Moussavi revealed more details about her design for the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, including a first look at the plaza designed by Field Operations. Rows of trees will seperate the mirroed black museum from an adjacent development site, and geometrically patterned pavement will pick up on the forms of the building.
The plaza will soften the hard-edged building, which is meant to reflect traffic, pedestrians, and the sky. Inside, a cobalt blue inner skin will reveal the structure underneath, and create a dramatic foil to the white walled galleries.
A monumental double staircase–one open, stacked on an enclosed fire stair–will offer views out to the city as well as into the main gallery.
The ceiling of the column-free main gallery will also be blue, illuminated with spots, resembling the night sky.