MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad -RS

Participation in architectural competition, 2007

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
 

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The proposal counterbalances the different tensions found in contemporary museum architecture, reconsidering what an art institution of the 21st century should be. Not a "temple"; not a "white cube"; not a "depository" of objects; not an "exhibit" exterior competing the interior.

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The museum consists of: the new building of the MoCA, the Media and Research Center which is housed in the existing structure of the “Petar Drapšin” factory, and the sculpture garden between them. The main exhibition hall is located on the upper level of the new building and is recognizable by its colorful cladding. The whole complex has been designed in relation to the surrounding nature, as a connection of the Liman park to the Danube bank line, with respect to the zone’s industrial past.

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The new building is organized around two wedge-shaped void spaces, one on the ground floor and one on the upper floor, and a ramp that unites them. The two void spaces offer a reflection of the nature to the museum and reversely. The wedge-shaped void on the ground floor marks the entrance of the museum, opens up to the nature and attracts visitors inside. The other wedge on the upper level, where the exhibition galleries are, opens up to the panoramic view of the Danube, captures the visitors’ gaze and leads it outside.

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An architectural promenade connects the two spaces leading the visitors to the main exhibition space on the upper floor unifying all museum levels and functions.

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