Real Architecture: David Adjaye, Adjaye/Associates present the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

13 November 2007

  • David Adjaye and Andrea Phillips
  • MoCA Denver, courtesy Adjaye/Associates
  • David Adjaye presents, in Tate Modern';s Starr Auditorium

Marking their first foray in American public architecture, Adjaye/Associates was awarded the landmark commission for Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. Subtle but distinctly arresting, Adjaye surpassed his brief that the design must complement the work it houses, attracting the visitor without overshadowing its primary purpose. The $11.3 million design also had to aim to be the first in the country to be awarded LEED certification. Whilst only in their seventh year of practice, this commission followed Adjaye/Associate's impressive Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and The Idea Stores in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Chaired by Andrea Phillips, Director, Curating Architecture and Assistant Director of Curating, Department of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths.