Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage - United States, David Chipperfield Architects
Construction year: 2009
Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 | ANCHORAGE-ALASKA | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 61.2161, -149.885
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The new 8,000 m2 Anchorage Museum Expansion also creates a new entrance to the museum. The organization of the new building is based on five linear volumes of varying length and height arranged along the western face of the existing building. This arrangement forms a new facade and entrance facing downtown Anchorage.

The new building offers windows through which the activity of the museum is observed. The visitor, from within, is reoriented to the city context and its extraordinary natural setting beyond. The glass facade of the new four-storey building is fitted with a striped mirror pattern, providing views out of and into the museum and reflecting the sky and surrounding mountainous environment.

The interior design concept exposes the concrete structure as part of the character of the internal spaces. Walls are constructed between columns to establish a series of rooms within the new building. The main public spaces – the entrance lobby, circulation atrium, cafe, and exhibition spaces – use different colours and materials to give each its own identity.

The Anchorage Museum Expansion will also house the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, exhibiting 600 Alaska Native ethnographic artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian. The Common created in front of the museum will provide a new public space for the downtown Anchorage.



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