architectural project museum od cartoon and comic art _MoCCa | new york _USA

awarded under the best 22

competition brief of the museum of comic and cartoon art _new york: 'it is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. comics and cartoons have been instrumental in effecting significant dialogue on issues involving society, culture, philosophy, and politics. history has shown them to be instrumental in documenting–and interpreting–historic events and social change. artistically, comic and cartoon art is created at the highest levels by some of the world’s finest graphic illustrators.

the main goal of the museum is to educate the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflects history. as evidenced in the mission statement, cartoon and comic art is an integral component of contemporary pop culture. the use of graphics and imagery to describe ideas and stories has existed throughout history and continues to be reinvented through new media. an architecture is desired for this project that celebrates pop culture through innovative forms, materials, fabrications and technologies. systems exploiting ideas of image, line, and color should be considered integral to the design. the new museum will house the collection, office space, display galleries, classrooms, cafe, store, a theater, and a lecture hall.

the design should take advantage of the highly visible site on the lower east side of manhattan with car traffic coming in across the williamsburg bridge and pedestrian traffic of the neighborhood. the site also allows for the building to be freestanding and take on a more experimental form rather than being forced into an infill condition. the building should be instrumental in displaying the museum’s holdings and fostering an environment which invites people to come in and engage screenings, lectures, and the archives. a series of flexible, modular gallery spaces is desired by the MoCCA in order to accomodate the diversity in scale and format of its collection.'

design concept _imperfect stackings

designed by _matthias karch