MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams MA
Construction cost: $11,300,000 ($23,150,000
in current dollars)
Completed: 1999, Size: 750,000 sf total: 125,000 renovated; 625,000 stabilized
MASS MoCA opened to national acclaim in 1999. Twelve years of master planning and design went into the museum’s creation; its changing exhibits continue to attract over 125,000 visitors per year. A young museum, with no permanent collection and no endowment, commercial rental space is its de facto endowment. Reshaping an old industrial complex and former brownfield site, the museum is central to the economic revival of North Adams MA.
Recent developments include:
• The celebrated Sol LeWitt wing, where one hundred of the artist’s wall drawings are on display until 2033.
• A 1970s-era “satellite” has crash-landed at MASS MoCA. Museum visitors can now climb through the abandoned boiler room of the factory complex to access this exhibit.
• Another building is planned — three floors, each over 40,000 sf.
2000 American Institute of Architects – National Honor Award for Design
2000 Historic Massachusetts – Eliot Award for Historic Preservation
2000 Massachusetts Historical Commission – Preservation Award
2000 National Trust for Historic – Preservation Honor Award
1999 Boston Society of Architects – Honor Award for Design Excellence in Adaptive Reuse
"I have seen the future, and it is MASS MoCA."
–Lee Rosenbaum, Wall Street Journal
"MASS MoCA is the damndest place...[The museum] joins the “A” list of American tourist destinations...It’s a great philosophical site, and it’s fun...Go, by all means."
–Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker
"The community and its surrounding landscape are a conspicuous part of the character and the experience of the building... Effective also is the preservation and exposure of the evolution of construction techniques. The existing trusses, bearing walls, relieving arches and columns and their relation to the new trusses and steel lintels is instructive and very beautiful."
–American Institute of Architects Jury
AIA Honor Award