David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver becomes one of five buildings to win the RIBA’s International award
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (MCA) was designed by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, an architect known to be an innovator with materials, a sculptor of light and creator of unconventional spaces. The new facility is a fully fledged cultural treasure: bold and refined; visionary and elegant. It features a main structure composed of 3 differently sized volumes that sit on the site and are wrapped in a characteristic translucent skin made out of glass on the outside and a natural polypropylene insulated panel.
In its realisation the building meets all the criteria set forth when a permanent home for MCA was first envisioned:
- A DESIGN THAT SUPPORTS RATHER THAN DEFINES THE MUSEUM'S MISSION. The design clearly articulates the Museum's exhibition and program requirements.
- A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PROJECT. The construction cost for the new building is €10 million.
- AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-EFFICIENT BUILDING. MCA is actively pursuing LEED certification, which would make MCA the first contemporary art museum in the country to achieve such status.
MCA's visionary project is a vital component of Denver's growing cultural landscape and complements other important cultural development projects, contributing to the city's economic strength and towards its growing reputation as one of the most exciting cities in the United States.
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