The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) – Reid Nystrom + Alessandro Ortiz

Reid Nystrom and Alessandro Ortiz’s design for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) takes on the colorful and playfulness of the comic book culture.  The graphic design and layout show a great amount of interest and inspiration from the works of late pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Cal Poly State University
STUDENTS: Reid Nystrom + Alessandro Ortiz
COURSE: SuckerPUNCH Competition
YEAR: 2011

“Set for the urban context of Manhattan, New York, the ‘museum of comic and cartoon art’ (MoCCA) by Reid Nystrom and Alessandro Ortiz is a design proposal for a new facility dedicated to the education and preservation of the graphic and literary medium. Sited on a 14,000 square foot lot, the multi-storey museum aims to be the architectural embodiment of the art form in both its internal organization as well as its exterior treatments.

By intersecting layers of metal, concrete, crosshatched and fritted glass, the building’s volume is wrapped in an effect that mimics vintage comic ben-day dots. the layout of the facilities,  which include a gallery, retail spaces, a library, a cafe, convention and conference centers,  lecture halls, and a theatre, are organized to create a fully immersive environment that could be  ‘read’ as one proceeds through the building, continually expanding and contracting the spatial experience to reveal a narrative.”

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