Three winning entries, as well as three Honorable Mentions have been announced for the suckerPUNCH-curated competition for a new, larger home for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City. The museum was established in 2001 and is currently based in the Soho area of Manhattan. The open ideas competition called for creative plans to move the museum to a new, highly visible site on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, allowing for the building to be freestanding and take on a more experimental form rather than being forced into an infill condition.
1st Place: "mocca museum nyc"
Volkan Alkanoglu, Los Angeles, California
"Comic and Cartoon Art, from its early stages to the sophistication of this current Century, has been of remarkable importance in cultural history. The MOCCA Museum in New York is a representative of this legacy and its unpredictable, but assuredly rich, future.
The projectis designed to serve as a 21st-Century museum, becoming a place that celebrates the notion of containment and the display of beauty, vision, history, polemics and, above all, possibility.
The building assumes an elegant, sculptural presence on its site and reflects to the illustrious lights of New York City. The MOCCA Museum will be a state-of-the-art museum that will also become a social, cultural and economically generative architecture and a catalyst for thought and provocation in the amazing world of Comic and Cartoon Art." - more info
2nd Place: "bagpipe"
MAST (Ivar Heggheim, Jon Andersen, Rasmus Møller, Mads M. Andersen) , Copenhagen, Denmark
"The overall geometry is driven by the attributes of the chimney, the formal structural qualities of the cone and the organic nature of the hair, by this juxtaposition a ‘character’ to state the relation to the Mocca context is pursued.
The Mocca Museum as a highly flexible exhibitions space is informed by the program and the sun pattern." - more info
3rd Place: "tortoise"
Erin Ruhl & Jordan Hines, Lexington, Kentucky
"The mission of MoCCA is to “collect, preserve, educate, and display cartoon and comic art” with the primary goal of “educating the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflect history.”Keeping this goal in mind, the ideology of the museum could be compared to a tortoise. The tortoise embodies a sense of history, ancestry, preservation, and wisdom. With history and education as the heart of MoCCA’s mission, the library, classrooms, and gallery spaces become the body of the museum. It is then lifted off the ground not only to provide communal space at the street level, but to elevate the contents to a more dynamic position." - more info
Honorable Mention: "BLOP!!..POW!!..WIZZZZZZZ"
Jerome Glairoux, Gliwice, Poland
"The project was made as an answer not only to solve the problem of how to « collect, preserve, and display cartoons and comics arts », but at first to create a place where the city, the people that are living in, and the function of the building could meet in an harmonious way." - more info
Honorable Mention: "bubble art display for mocca / bad for mocca"
Erick Kristanto, Sunnyside, New York
"Bubble Art Display is a way of presenting comic and cartoon art into an architectural building as a public display that attracts people with the intention of promote the art itself. The concept originates from a series of bubble quotes used in comics, which, in this design, is used to display the programs of the Museum. The dynamic and playful interior space, created by the bubble quotes shapes, generates an engaging, fun visitor’s experience, which allows them to observe different activities happening at the same time. Moreover, these bubble quotes are connected by a vertical helix ramp at the center of the building." - more info
Honorable Mention: "museum of comic and cartoon art"
Guy Avellone, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"This concept for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) was designed with an aggressive aesthetic aimed at increasing museum patronage. The aggressive aesthetic was inspired by the comic illustration technique for expressing motion. Streaks were “drawn” onto the exterior to illustrate, as in comics and cartoons, a striking visual motion toward the street. The angle at which the museum is “flying” is 21 degrees, which expresses the Lower East Side street grid angle, desirable stadium seating angle, and is a compatible angle with Tschumi’s Blue Condos across Delancey Street." - more info