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Mass MoCA Building 6

Mass MoCA Building 6

Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is among the largest contemporary art museums in the United States and a pioneering adaptive reuse project. The 17-acre, 28-building, 19th century mill complex, once the home of Sprague Electric and Arnold Print Works, has been preserved and transformed over three phases. The architecture of the museum builds on historically important buildings to challenge basic assumptions about architecture and the display of art. MASS MoCA blurs the line between the visual and performing arts and between the finished object and its creation.

North Adams, MA
Completed: 2017 130,000 sf
Photography by © Michael Moran, © Douglas Mason

Phase 3 is the realization of a 25-year master plan and completes the site circulation plan, encouraging multiple ways to explore the MASS MoCA campus. Two buildings with a combined 130,000 square feet of undeveloped space create areas for video, film and multi-media exhibits as well as events, workshops and storage. The design continues Mass MoCA’s “museum within the museum” concept by collaborating with artists, foundations and collectors. Each collection is curated by its author to have its own distinct character. MASS MoCA curates the remaining space, with places for changing installation pieces by emerging artists.

Phase 3 also continues to improve connections between MASS MoCA and the town of North Adams. Development of the West Main Street access route enhances the museum’s access to the downtown business district, and campus bike paths link the museum to a regional pathway initiative.

With the completion of Phase III, MASS MoCA has become one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country.


  • 2024 AIA COTE Top Ten Award
  • 2017 AN Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Adaptive Reuse
  • 2020 Preservation MA, Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award
  • 2020 MUSE Design Awards, Platinum Winner Architectural Renovation
  • 2017 AN Best of Design Awards, Building of the Year – Northeast
  • 2018 MHC Preservation Award
  • 2018 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence
  • 2018 BD+C Reconstruction Awards, Gold Award
  • 2018 Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention, Museums
  • 2018 Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention, Architecture+Preservation
  • 2019 MAAM “Buildy” Award Recipient - Museum of the Year
  • 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture & Design
  • 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award

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