Photo © John Edward Linden at Arch Record
The new Contemporary Art Museum is definitely one of best additions to Downtown Raleigh's "multifaceted cultural scene" in 2011. Having just opened in April of this year, CAM has already brought a handful of fantastic art exhibitions, hip parties and other culturally significant events and happenings to the Warehouse District.
The building, designed by California architects Brooks + Scarpa and local architects Clearscapes, is a beautiful marriage of historical preservation and progressive modernism. We aren't the only ones that agree with this and CAM has been featured in the latest edition of Architectural Record. Architectural Record, while not the most edgy and progressive publication, is one of the most widely published and viewed magazines in the United States. This means that CAM and Raleigh will get a lot of the attention it deserves on a national level over the next few months.
Hey, we'll take a few more national architects to pop into the warehouse district (or anywhere in downtown), collaborate with a local firm and keep putting beautiful, progressive, buildings within our grid. Here's a short excerpt from the article. Check out the full article and a great slideshow over at Architectural Record's website.
One of the country's “best” and “fastest-growing” cities (according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Forbes), Raleigh has a lot going on in and around its 144 square miles: North Carolina state government facilities, major universities, a vibrant tech industry, and a multifaceted cultural scene. Luckily, a quorum of local officials, professionals, and entrepreneurs strives for an urbanscape that both looks to the future of this small, thriving metropolis and retains its Southern charms.
The city's busy downtown is a hybrid collection of buildings dating from the 18th century to a new convention center and Marriott. Just a block away, the Depot Historic District resonates with the vernacular of its heyday (from the 1880s to the 1950s) as a commercial railroad hub. The four blocks of low-rise brick warehouses, factories, and depots appear to be frozen in time. But stretching out among them, the bold, cantilevered canopy of Raleigh's Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) serves as a vivid affirmation that the neighborhood is moving forward.