The nearly 34,000-square-foot structure, which is 44 percent larger than MOCA’s former rented space, demonstrates that a museum expansion need not be large in scale to be ambitious in all respects. Devised for both environmental and fiscal sustainability, the design is at once technically inventive, visually stunning and highly practical.

The dynamic structure was designed by Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi of London, formerly with Foreign Office Architects (FOA) and now principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). This is her first U.S. commission and her first museum.


  • The System

    The System

    Location: 11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

    Architect: Farshid Moussavi Architecture

    GC: Donley's Inc.

    Enclosure Contractor: Zahner

  • The Details

    The Details

    Stick Built Curtainwall: UAM Custom Toggle System

    Stick Built Curtainwall Manufacturer: United Architectural Metals

    Stick Built Curtainwall Fabricator: United Architectural Metals

    Glass: Viracon 1-7/16" VRE1-46 Insulating Laminated

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