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Mass MoCA Building 7

Mass MoCA Building 7

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: 2008 33,000 sf
Photography by © Richard Mandelkorn

Building 7 at MASS MoCA had special appeal to the painter Sol LeWitt. Its gutsy hard-edge spaces reminiscent of the studios he worked in all his life — an ideal site for a retrospective of his work. Working with a building model, LeWitt developed the exhibit sequence and spatial orientation for his wall drawings, while Bruner/Cott devised the wall layouts, lighting and architectural details of the installation. Architecture and art merge in this semi-permanent exhibit of 100 wall drawings.

Building on Bruner/Cott’s Master Plan for MASS MoCA, Building 7 activates new areas of the historic complex and creates an elegant new loop within the existing circulation path.


  • 2011 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence

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