This Month's MagazineDining and SpiritsArts and EntertainmentTravel and LeisureHome and Real EstateHealth and WellnessShopping & FashionEvents and PicsElegant Wedding Magazine

Bookmark and share

Issue Date: October 2012


Secret Passage

Enjoy a coffee, free Wi-Fi or just take it all in at MOCA's ground-floor gathering spot.

Standing just outside the fourth floor's main gallery, one can look out over the ledge of the monumental stair and see each previous flight cascading downward, lower and lower to the ground floor. It's a cool visual effect, but also provides a place of spectacle within the museum that's fertile ground for people-watching.

"People like to go to the Spanish Steps [in Rome] to, literally, watch each other," says architect Farshid Moussavi. "It's a very social place and museums today carry that role. It's not just about going to engage with art, but also going to engage with other people."

But housed inside that hulking staircase is a second, enclosed stairway that connects with each floor as well. While the design has been compared to a Mobius strip, Moussavi says it was actually a necessity of engineering. Designing the secondary stairway as a traditional ascending column simply wasn't possible.

"It would have taken up a corner of the building, which frankly we don't have because our corners are not vertical," she says. "The building leans as it grows vertically."

The result was one of the museum's most surreal touches, and one that makes visitors active participants in choosing how they'll climb or descend through the structure.

"It becomes a very fun way to engage with not only how you connect with the different floors, but also how you engage with the other people in the museum," Moussavi says, adding that the enclosed stairway can also be an intriguing venue for sound installation artists. "It's a space of encounter."


You Are Here




Living Space


FLEX TIME


Comments. All comments must be approved by our editorial staff.
 
Choose an identity
Other Anonymous
 
Name 
Website 
All of these fields are optional.
CAPTCHA Validation
Retype the code from the picture
CAPTCHA Code Image
Speak the code Change the code
 


Home | Subscribe | Archives | Advertise | Newsstands | Contact Us | Jobs | Legal
© Cleveland Magazine 2014 | P: (216) 771-2833 | F: (216) 781-6318 | 1422 Euclid Ave. Suite 730 Cleveland, Ohio 44115
This site is a member of the City & Regional Magazine Association