News   30 December 2012

Sculptural Yet Sensible

Farshid Moussavi’s first building in the United States, the ­34,000 square foot Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, is a four-story hexagon clad in mirrored stainless steel panels.  Photo: Dean Kaufman /courtesy MOCA Cleveland

Titled “Sculptural Yet Sensible,” Julie Iovine’s December 27 Wall Street Journal article provides a succinct survey of mid-sized museum projects completed in 2012.  Iovine compares and contrasts the relative merits of Zaha Hadid’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing (AICA member Michael Rush, director), Farshid Moussavi’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, and Herzog & de Meuron’s Parrish Art Museum (AICA member Terrie Sultan, director). 

Designed by Zaha Hadid, the 46,000 square foot Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, continues Hadid’s emphasis on contrasting angularities, this time in pleated stainless steel, glass, and concrete. Photo: Paul Warchol

Situated on a fourteen-acre site, Herzog & de Meuron’s Parrish Museum of Art is a long, horizontal structure consisting of two parallel wings running the length of the 34,000 square foot building.  Photo: Matthu Placek

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