The New MCA, designed by David Adjaye, one of the leading architects in
the world today, is at once bold and refined, meeting all the criteria
set forth when a permanent home for MCA was first envisioned:
A design that supports rather than defines the museum’s mission. The
design clearly articulates the Museum’s exhibition and program
The museum features five galleries and a rooftop
pavilion, and also education, office and retail spaces, designed in
three units of different heights. The majority of spaces are enveloped in an exterior
grey-tinted glass curtain wall.
The choice of quiet, monochromatic materials, and the building’s calm
shapes and clean lines, underline the architect’s decision for the
design to support, rather than define the museum’s mission.
An environmentally-efficient building. MCA is actively pursuing LEED
certification, which would make MCA the first contemporary art museum
in the country to achieve such status. Plenty of natural light, 20% of recycled
construction content, and the use of light coloured, highly reflective
concrete are only some of the points to support the MCA Denver’s aim to
become the first Gold LEED certified contemporary art museum in the
A fiscally responsible project. The construction cost for the new building is $16.3 million. Apart from being
Adjaye’s first US public building, it is also his first contemporary
art museum worldwide. David Adjaye is recognized as one of the leading young architects of his generation in the UK, building a reputation as an architect with an artist’s vision.
In 2000, he reorganized his studio as Adjaye/Associates and has gone on to win a number of prestigious commissions, including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and The Idea Stores, two new libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which were recently selected by Deyan Sudjic for the exhibition highlighting 100 projects that are changing the world at the VIII Venice Biennale of Architecture 2002.
MCA‘s new facility is visionary and elegant. It will be a 21st century city landmark and a tourist destination. It will contribute to the revitalization of Lower Down-town, in particular the Central Platte Valley district near the historic Union Station building.
All photos courtesy of Ed Reeve.