Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

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Zaha Hadid (architect)
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Cincinnati
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was founded in 1939 and is one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to the contemporary visual arts. The new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art provides spaces for temporary exhibitions and site-specific installations and performances.
Three main design features were adopted for the building: Urban Carpet, Jigsaw Puzzle, and Skin/Sculpture. To draw in pedestrian movement from the surrounding areas and create a sense of dynamic public space, the entrance, lobby and lead-in to the circulation system are organized as an "Urban Carpet." In contrast to the Urban Carpet, which is a series of polished, undulating surfaces, the galleries are expressed as if they had been carved from a single block of concrete and were floating over the lobby space. The south facade forms an undulating, translucent skin, through which passersby see into the life of the Center; The east facade is expressed as a sculptural relief. - Contemporary Arts Center Website
The Aronoff Center for Design and Art (ACDA) is located across Walnut Street from the CAC. Both buildings create a cultural and entertainment area (known as the Backstage District) in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Keywords: United States, Ohio, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, exhibitions and exhibition structures, exhibition buildings, museums, ceiling, Rosenthal. Submitted by Natalie Martinez.
2000s (2000 - 2009)