Set for the urban context of Manhattan, New York, the ‘museum of comic and cartoon art’ (MoCCA) by Reid Nystrom and Alessandro Ortiz is a design proposal for a new facility dedicated to the education and preservation of the graphic and literary medium.
Sited on a 14,000 square foot lot, the multi-storey museum aims to be the architectural embodiment of the art form in both its internal organization as well as its exterior treatments.
By intersecting layers of metal, concrete, crosshatched and fritted glass, the building’s volume is wrapped in an effect that mimics vintage comic ben-day dots. the layout of the facilities, which include a gallery, retail spaces, a library, a cafe, convention and conference centers, lecture halls, and a theatre, are organized to create a fully immersive environment that could be ‘read’ as one proceeds through the building, continually expanding and contracting the spatial experience to reveal a narrative.
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