With a culture using computers and graphic interfaces at an earlier age, the sanctity of the printed Comic and Cartoon Art has been all but marginalized. However, given their importance in cultural history and inherent nostalgia, influential works find their way to MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) in New York for preservation and educational purposes. Endeavoring to maintain a contemporary environment of the highest integrity, an idea competition was put forth to garner new proposals for the future of the museum. Volkan Alkanoglu a Los Angeles based designer submitted the winning entry, deemed by the judges as “sensuous, mysterious and compelling both in presentation and design.”
The brief called for a state-of-the-art museum that will also become a social, cultural and economically generative architecture as well as a catalyst for thought and provocation in the amazing world of Comic and Cartoon Art. Alkanoglu’s design situates the formal exhibition space in a cantilevered box, atop a sculptural ground floor that is articulated by mechanistic forms. The building touches the ground decisively allowing for a seamless flow from interior to exterior and up through the exhibition space. The juxtaposition of space is provocative of the solemn yet lively nature of Comic and Cartoon Art. Rendered in black, the design defies what we’ve come to know as museum with a stimulating proposal that is reflective of its content.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.