Contemporary Arts Center Renovation
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We teamed up with the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) of Cincinnati to fully realize Zaha Hadid's for the urban carpet. As originally realized the lobby and thus the Center itself appeared vacant, cold and empty to a passersby. By inserting a café, lounge and seating area, the new lobby has become much more friendly, active and an inviting place to be. The renovation was conceived as a series of Artistic Interventions meant to help soften the edges of the iconic design. Almost all new design, furniture and millwork elements are mobile and can be removed quickly to transform Kaplan Hall into an event space with a capacity 50% larger than before. The new carpeting reveals the alternative vanishing points used to create the original buildings design. After the renovation, art now extends downstairs onto the existing walls, engaging museum-goers with one-of-a-kind art installations, film, lighting, and generous seating options. A series of adjustable, illuminated columns allow artists the freedom to influence the mood of the lobby and surrounding streetscape. A pair of custom-made chandeliers, designed by local artist Matt Kotlarczyk and fabricated by the team, hang above the seating areas. Kaplan Hall has now become a vibrant social space that truly brings the urban life of Cincinnati inside.