North Adams, MA – The Robert W. Wilson Building at MASS MoCA received The 2017 Best of Design Awards for Building of the Year – Northeast, at the 2017 AN Best of Design Awards. The architect for the project was Bruner/Cott Architects.
The pioneering adaptive reuse project was completed in three phases, initially opening to international acclaim in 1999. The third and final phase, Building Six (the Robert W. Wilson Building), is the realization of Bruner/Cott Architects’ 25-year master plan, that continues MASS MoCA’s “museums within the museum” concept. The two buildings, a combined 130,000sf of undeveloped space, provide areas for video, film, and multimedia exhibits, as well as events, workshops, and storage. The buildings’ massive size, along with the complex’s interlocking courtyards, bridges, and walkways, offer the opportunity to experiment with open spaces, structural elements, and connections. Within inserted galleries, existing elements are woven into the new, resulting in a transparency that encourages collaboration.
The project team included construction manager, Gilbane Building Company; structural engineers, ARUP; acoustics, Acentech; mechanical engineer, Petersen Engineering; and code consultant, Cosentini Associates.