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Section perspective showing new large windows with integrated seat that visually connect MOCAD's galleries to Woodward Avenue.
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Concept rendering from Woodward Avenue. Full proposal scheduled for release mid-2013.
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Concept sketch for the Culture Hub. Full proposal scheduled for release mid-2013.
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Diagram illustrating the MOCAD site and exterior surrounds with references to previous RLA and JCFO project details. The proposal includes new museum access points and links to the Sugar Hill Arts District and Midtown Loop Greenway.
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MOCAD's Woodward Avenue facade at night. The design team is working to establish a new presence on Detroit's main artery.
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Existing event space and gallery view.
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Detail of existing interior.
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Northwest corner of the museum and Woodward Avenue with downtown beyond.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit selected the collaborative team of Rice+Lipka Architects and James Corner Field Operations (RLA/JCFO) to re-envision their existing industrial shed building and grounds as a more functional cultural center with a fresh/memorable identity, reconceptualized program and new layout that, together, with expanded exterior grounds, will fully engage its surrounding community. In a seeming paradox, the project seeks be completely transformative, even as preserves MOCAD's raw, authentic edge.

The project includes redesigned & expanded museum exhibition & event spaces, café, support and administrative functions, as well as new exterior surrounds. The new vision for infrastructure and grounds will work to invigorate MOCAD's already robust programming and community engagement, and position the museum as an energetic catalyst for the resurgence of Midtown

The proposal has been selected as the 2013 winner of The Architectural Review Future Projects Award for the category of “Old & New” and honored with a special mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the “Architecture +Urban Transformation” category. The design is cited by the Future Project jury as “an inspirational project that combines past and present in a well resolved and convincing manner. It creates new space for new creativity in a post-industrial city.”

The proposal is funded by a LINC/Ford Foundation Space for Change grant and scheduled for public release mid-2013.

Lyn Rice and Astrid Lipka, Principals
Benjamin Cadena, Associate
Patrick Burke, Jordan Prosser, Simon Ng, Xin Wu, design team

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
James Corner Field Operations

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Robert Silman Associates

CIVIL ENGINEERING
SmithGroup/JJR