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Feb. 20, 2013

MOCAD Redesign Project Wins International Architecture Award

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

As the real estate world gets ready for the upcoming MIPIM 2013—the international property market—the winners of the 11th Annual MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards were revealed last week. The contest has been running since 2002, covering various categories of residential and commercial design.

This year’s awards ceremony, which will take place in Cannes, France, on March 13, is announcing good news for Detroit. The redesign of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) by Rice+Lipka Architects and urban design/landscape architects James Corner Field Operations (or RLA/JCFO) has been selected as the 2013 winner of the “Old & New” category and is being recognized by the monthly international magazine The Architectural Review.

Established in 2006, MOCAD is located at 4454 Woodward Avenue (one of the most vibrant streets in Detroit, at least when it comes to real estate transactions) where it occupies a 22,000-square-foot building that used to be an auto dealership designed by architect Andrew Zago.

“The recognition mirrors our own enthusiasm for MOCAD, which, like Detroit, finds itself at a critical moment of reinvention,” explained in a press statement Lyn Rice of Rice+Lipka. “The new vision for expanded infrastructure and grounds will work to invigorate MOCAD’s already robust programming and community engagement, and position the museum as an energetic catalyst for the resurgence of Midtown.”

MOCAD’s interior will be reorganized to create spaces where visitors can have an enhanced artistic experience, and the museum staff will work from expanded and improved spaces. The RLA/JCFO project calls for transforming the existing industrial structure into a more flexible and functional cultural center with a new layout and identity while preserving MOCAD’s raw design features.

 Rendering credits to Rice+Lipka Architects

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