MOCAD Renovation: Plan For Detroit Art Museum Wins Architectural Review Award (PHOTO)

Get ready for an all-new MOCAD. The contemporary art museum in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit will be getting a series of renovations, and a rendering of the new face of the building released by architect firm Rice+Lipka has us pretty excited for the real deal.

mocad renovation detroit rice lipkaCourtesy Rice+Lipka Architects

The design won the Architectural Review's 2013 Future Project award in the "Old and New" category.

According to a release, the judges hailed the MOCAD design 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."

Rice+Lipka Architects and urban design and landscape architects James Corner Field Operations were selected for the project last February. The two firms will work to make the interior more energy-efficient. They'll also reconfigure exhibit, event and storage area. Exterior changes will also create a brand-new outdoor event space.

“The new vision for expanded 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," said Lyn Rice of Rice+Lipka.

Planning and renovation are supported by a $350,000 ArtPlace America grant awarded to the museum in 2011, and a $100,000 "Space for Change" grant from Leveraging Investments in Creativity and the Ford Foundation.

Flickr photo by diametrik.



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