Located in Cleveland, the city’s new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) features a façade as artistic as what’s inside. The nearly 34,000-square-foot project was designed and engineered with the architects at Farshid Moussavi Architects (FMA), the firm’s first museum and its first major structure in the United States. The design team also included executive architects Westlake Reed Leskosky, headquartered in Cleveland.

Zahner was brought on to provide the façade services, including design assist, engineering, fabrication and installation of the building envelope and glass and metal façade. According to information from MOCA, the four-story building is clad primarily in mirror-finish black Rimex stainless steel; one of the buildings six facets is also clad in transparent glass.

According to Zahner, this metal surface “is essentially a dark-tinted mirror, reflecting a darker image of its surroundings with perfect mirror accuracy, and imbuing the imagery of the sky and general surroundings on its dark polished surface.”

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