MASS MoCA Building 6 Makes WIN Awards Shortlist

We are thrilled to share that Building 6 at MASS MoCA has been shortlisted for the 2021 WIN Awards!

Supported by World Interiors News, the WIN awards recognize the outstanding works of innovative, visionary, and imaginative designers worldwide. As in previous years, the WIN Awards are judged by an extensive panel of 31 international experts who put all entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook. Building 6 joins eight other shortlisted projects in the Cultural Venues category.

The entire shortlist can be viewed here.

Winners of the WIN Awards will be announced at a digital ceremony on November 16, 2021. You can register to watch here.

 

MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins BSA Interior Architecture Honor Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is the winner of a 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture!

Each year the Boston Society of Architects, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. We are thrilled that MASS MoCA Building 6 has been recognized by this year’s jury. 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=”BSA Awards Jury”]This large-scale adaptive reuse project is restrained and responsible. It raises an important if difficult question for designers, especially in this moment of climate crisis: when and how should we do less? The light touch of the architect allows the structure’s history to speak and spotlights the art on display. Though the work might appear to be minimal, the technical challenges of reinvigorating a historic industrial building must not be underestimated. MASS MoCA Building 6 is a deliberate and admirable work, designed in service of its audiences and artwork.

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Building 6 was honored at the BSA’s virtual Awards Gala on January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

Preservation Mass Recognizes Two Bruner/Cott Projects

We are thrilled to share that Preservation Massachusetts has recognized two Bruner/Cott projects with 2020 Preservation Awards!

MASS MoCA Building 6 and Harvard Hall at Harvard University are both recipients of the Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award. This award recognizes projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

“2020 Awards Recipients represent the strong foundations and supportive collaborations that bring new life to our historic buildings and landscapes, push boundaries, and create new aspirations for historic preservation in the Commonwealth.”

All winners will be recognized at a live, virtual celebration on October 22nd.

Thank you, Preservation Massachusetts, and congratulations to all 2020 Preservation Award winners!

MASS MoCA Wins AIA Interior Architecture Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is a recipient of the 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award!

This award, given by the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces. We are thrilled that this transformative reuse project was recognized by the jury.

Gathering space at museum prow

 

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 is a new museum made from found buildings where the spectacular interiors of existing mill structures become a three-dimensional underpainting for new, impactful contemporary art galleries. Read more about the project here.

 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]What an incredible project! Born out of the tradition of the Tate Modern Museum in London, this bare-bones remodel leaves most of the existing finishes in place to consciously evoke the industrial history of the building and emphasizes the reliance of art on industrial sites for their scale and economy. – Jury comment[/stblockquote]

View the official AIA award announcement here.

MASS MoCA Turns 20!

Happy 20th Birthday, MASS MoCA!

Bruner/Cott has been working on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art since its inception. Housed in a vast 17-acre industrial complex built in the late 1800s for the Arnold Print Works company, the museum was completed in three phases, initially opening to international acclaim in 1999 with 125,000 square feet. Today, the museum comprises 280,000 square feet of galleries, performing arts venues, video/multimedia spaces, and commercial rental units.

MASS MoCA has become ingrained in our firm’s history and has served as a model for other adaptive reuse projects. In a recent interview with ArchDaily, Bruner/Cott Principals Jason Forney, Jason Jewhurst, and Dana Kelly offer insider perspectives on the genesis of MASS MoCA.

Over the last thirty years, it has become a testing ground for our practice—in developing ways of weaving old and new together in a more dynamic way than it is typically done. Our co-founder, Simeon Bruner, and one of our principals, Henry Moss, began working with MASS MoCA in the 1980s. Their initial ideas evolved and became intrinsic to the next generation in our firm. Often, historical architecture is preserved as is or taken down to start building from scratch. Our goal is to keep the right amount of old and add the new so that the result is appropriate, sensitive, and coherent.

— Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Read more, here.

 

 

 

MASS MoCA is MAAM’s 2019 Buildy Award Recipient

Congratulations to MASS MoCA on being honored for excellence in museum building as this year’s “Buildy” award recipient by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM)!

This national award recognizes the museum as an institution, its director and staff, and the building/design construction team whose completed museum construction projects demonstrate high achievement in the lessons of the Building Museums™ Symposium: careful, creative planning and diligent implementation, leading to institutional sustainability. It is awarded each year to the most outstanding recent museum building project. The purpose of the Buildy Award is to increase awareness within the field, and by the public at large, of the value of museums and the need for their ongoing rehabilitation and expansion to serve future generations.

The criteria for winning a Buildy includes originality of concept, advancement of the museum’s mission, high achievement in planning and process, green design and construction, community benefit and response, transformative impact, and much more. This award recognizes the museum leadership’s exemplary accomplishment through the three-decade process of completing their master plan for the museum.

MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson will be accepting the award on March 1st at the annual Building Museums™ Symposium in Brooklyn, NY.

Read the full award announcement on the MAAM website.

MASS MoCA Documentary to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

South by Southwest Conference & Festivals (SXSW) announced that it will include “Museum Town,” a character-driven portrait of the largest center for contemporary art in the world – MASS MoCA.

Directed by Jennifer Trainer Thompson and narrated by Oscar-winner, Meryl Streep,  the film will make its world debut featured in the festival’s Documentary Feature category of the SXSW film festival as one of only ten films selected.

“Museum Town” depicts what Thompson calls a “rocky road” to the museum’s opening in the former Massachusetts factory town, including “a knotted confluence of politics and a post-industrial city in decline and the art world.”

The film delivers the magic of MASS MoCA and North Adams to a global audience for the first time, ever. The festival will take place in Austin, TX this March and is one of the greatest gatherings of creative professionals in the world.

Read more from the Berkshire Eagle

SXSW Abstract of Museum Town:

In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest center for contemporary art in the world. This is the story of a unique institution, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to generate cultural and economic rebirth. With original music by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne to Bill T. Jones, Museum Town reveals how an idea becomes a reality, tracing the creation of artist Nick Cave’s monumental installation UNTIL, a reflection on gun violence, race, and the American Dream.

Soundtracked by Talking Heads, Sharon Jones, Big Thief, Wilco, Moses Sumney, and many more. With the voice of Meryl Streep.

More about Museum Town at SXSW.

 

Lessons Learned from MASS MoCA

Set in more than twenty historic industrial buildings on sixteen acres, the vast art complex known as MASS MoCA – the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – stands as one of the largest public galleries in the world devoted to the display of contemporary art. MASS MoCA unveiled Phase III of it’s 25-year renovation to the public this past May, and critics from across the country have taken notice of it’s unique and extraordinary grandeur.

Rick Brettell and Mark Lamster, art and architecture critics of The Dallas Morning News, recently paid a visit to the newly-expanded facility, admiring the “gritty allure” that makes MASS MoCA such a spectacular sight.

On it’s sheer size and scale, Lamster commented, “it is such a pleasure to be “lost” in a museum, to have a sense of discovery… [and] MASS MoCA’s architecture is ideal in that is can accommodate so many different scales.” While Brettell added, “among the many pleasure of MASS MoCA is the sense of aimlessness its very enormity gives to any viewer.”

You can read their full article here, which further discusses how contemporary art institutions in Dallas can follow MASS MoCA’s lead and repurpose some of the city’s existing historic buildings into hubs for art, culture, and innovation.

MASS MoCA Building 6 Opens

On May 29th, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) opened Building 6, the third phase of development at the former factory complex in North Adams, MA. The expansion adds 130,000 square feet of new gallery and event space, featuring work by artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck.

Bruner/Cott’s work at MASS MoCA began in the early 90’s with a master plan for the yet-to-be imagined museum. The transformation of the site over the past 27 years has been a vital part of the economic revival of the city and a vibrant symbol of how innovative design thinking can transform the cultural experience.

Learn more about the opening and expansion here.

 

*Images courtesy Michael Moran, Douglas Mason.

Mass MoCA Building 6 update

In May 2017, MASS MoCA will open its newly renovated and restored Building 6, adding 130,000 square feet of space, nearly doubling the institution’s current gallery footprint and adding new art fabrication workshops, performing artists’ support facilities, music festival amenities, and other programmatic capacities. The centerpiece of Building 6 is a series of changing exhibitions and long-term installations and collaborations with artists Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, and James Turrell, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the estate of Gunnar Schonbeck.

Read more on the Mass MoCA blog here.