The new design for the MOCA lobby creates a cohesive welcoming reception area which is both familiar and new. This is achieved by means of an intricate wood lattice system that defines the reception space and blurs the threshold between interior and exterior.
The lattice system is installed as a continuous band that simplifies the existing geometry of the lobby and delineates a new entry into the museum shop. Evocative of the louvers used in tropical climates, the lattice creates an ambiguous exterior like environment linking the entry plaza and the courtyard.
Although this gateway is intended to provide a gentle transition as patrons enter and exit the museum, it also engages them as they move through it with its memorable presence.
Photography by Steven Brooke