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Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati by Zaha Hadid Architects

February 23rd, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
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The first freestanding building for The Contemporary Arts Center, founded in Cincinnati in 1939 as one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to the contemporary visual arts. The new CAC building will provide spaces for temporary exhibitions, site-specific installations, and performances, but not for a permanent collection. Other program elements include an education facility, offices, art preparation areas, a museum store, a cafe and public areas. 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.”

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
  • Location: Cincinnati
  • Status: Built
  • Client: The Contemporary Arts Center
  • Size: 8,500m²
  • Local Firm: KZF incorporated
  • Project Architect: (Zaha Hadid) Markus Dochantschi
  • Assistant Project Architect: (Zaha Hadid) Ed Gaskin

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

  • Project Team: Ana Sotrel, Jan Hübener, David Gerber, Christos Passas, Sonia Villaseca, James Lim, Jee-Eun Lee, Oliver Domeisen, Helmut Kinzler, Patrik Schumacher, Michael Wolfson, David Gomersall
  • Competition Team: Shumon Basar, Oliver Domeisen, Jee-Eun Lee, Terence Koh, Marco Guarnieri, Stéphane Hof, Woody K.T. Yao, Ivan Pajares, Wassim Halabi, Nan Atichapong, Graham Modlen
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction, Company
  • Structural Engineers: THP Limited, Jane Wernick
  • Acoustics: Ove Arup & Partners
  • Services: Heapy Engineering
  • Security: Steven R. Keller & Associates
  • Theatre: Charles Cosler Theatre Design Inc.
  • Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc.


Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

Starting at the corner of Sixth and Walnut, the ground curves slowly upward as it enters the building, rising to become the back wall. As it rises and turns, this Urban Carpet leads visitors up a suspended mezzanine ramp through the full length of the lobby, which during the day functions as an open, day-lit, “landscaped” expanse that reads as an artificial park. The mezzanine ramp continues to rise until it penetrates the back wall, on the other side of which it becomes a landing at the entrance to the galleries.

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

Jigsaw Puzzle
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.

Exhibition spaces vary in size and shape, to accommodate the great range of scales and materials in contemporary art. Views into the galleries from the circulation system are unpredictable, as the stair-ramp zigzags upward through a narrow slit at the back of the building. Together, these varying galleries interlock like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, made up of solids and voids.

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

The building’s corner situation led to the development of two different, but complementary, facades. The south facade, along Sixth Street, forms an undulating, translucent skin, through which passersby see into the life of the Centre. The east facade, along Walnut, is expressed as a sculptural relief. It provides an imprint, in negative, of the gallery interiors.

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art




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