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Posted in architecture by petercombe on February 17, 2010

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MoMA par Nouvel

Posted in architecture by petercombe on November 1, 2009

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Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel>, the new 82-story MoMA building will be erected next to the museum and will stand 1,025 feet tall. That’s 225 feet shorter than the initial proposal, which would have measured as tall as an antenna-less Empire State Building. But the City Planning Commission cut the height last month. Though the City Council approved the new building plan in a 44-3 vote, some are unhappy with the location and may threaten legal action. Until then, the project will continue as planned, under a deal with developer Hines. The building is set to include luxury housing, hotel rooms, and more exhibit space for the museum.

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MCA Starchitect

Posted in architecture by petercombe on June 23, 2009

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On a recent trip to Denver I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art.  The architect of the building is David Adjaye, a Brit of Tanzanian descent.  His designing the museum (2006) was one of the reasons I looked forward to the visit.  Upon entering the museum and just passed the gift shop, I noticed a very smart looking gent dressed head to toe in Ozwald Boateng on his cell phone.  I realized for a brief moment that I was no longer in Denver.  The museum had been completed a year previous, it was totally fortuitous that he should be there at that moment. I went to the admissions desk and inquired if the architect was in the museum – he was in fact.  I took this photo then ran like a school kid.

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