• museum of comic and cartoon art

    museum of comic and cartoon art
    baton rouge, LOUISIANA


    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    guy a AVELLONE: 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.

    The overall composition was shaped by a theme of battling energies from the street and of the museum. The street “energies” are embodied in the yellow acrylic circulation core, which is intended to be flying from Delancey Street and into the museum. The museum, which is visually on a collision course for Delancey Street, is penetrated by the circulation core. This dynamic is a comic expression of the way almost every building is experienced: penetrating the building mass from the street via a circulation system.
    Some of the features in this MoCCA concept include:
    A yellow tinted acrylic circulation core creates a bold aesthetic, very clear means of circulation, and a light well to assist lighting of adjacent spaces.
    A sloped end of the library and the computer lab allows for reading and researching while hanging above bustling Delancey Street.
    The translucent glass capping the sloped ends of the galleries and the theater/lecture hall allows projected animations or images to be seen both inside and from the street.
    The theater screen is an operable, sound proof partition that can be lifted to create a larger theater or lecture hall.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    gA: Action comics

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    gA: I was reading, listening to, and watching Rhino and Grasshopper tutorials and guides. It is the first major project that I have developed in Rhino and the very first experience with Grasshopper. I am also proud to say, the Grasshopper definition created for the “streak skin” is my own definition.

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    gA: Zaha Hadid.

    project done at Louisiana State University School of Architecture
    studio instructor: frank MELENDEZ

    jury comments:

    brennan BUCK: The project does a nice job of referencing the feeling of comic books and harnessing that to create a unique identity for the building without literally resembling comic book elements. In detail, the louvre system could use more development, but the sections show how effectively their orientation permeates the building.

    alexander PINCUS: Interesting geometry undermined by too much facade flair.

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