A Look At The New Natural History Museum Of Utah

A Look At The New Natural History Museum Of Utah

Our neighbors to the west, Utah, has designed a structure recently that beautifully molds itself into the landscape. The Natural History Museum of Utah’s new home, the Rio Tinto Center, is a $103 million project just a few miles from downtown Salt Lake City.  The museum relocated in November to its current 17-acre site, which was once used in the early 1900s as a firing range for nearby Fort Douglas.

Designed by New York-based Ennead Architects, this 63,000-square-foot building, is easily recognizable with its exterior encased in 42,000 square feet of standing seam copper

“We wanted an inspirational space that would be viscerally remembered,” Todd Schliemann, partner at New York–based Ennead Architects told ArchRecord. “It’s a cathedral with a view.”

The museum was built to the standards for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.  According to NHMU “From the pervious pavement of the parking lot to solar photovoltaic panels on the rooftops, the Museum worked with our architecture and construction teams to incorporate green elements throughout the design, construction, and operations of the building.”

For more information visit nhmu.utah.edu.

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