National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA240,000 SFCompletion 1997
This winning national design competition entry for an expansion of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum successfully satisfies critical issues, which included the primary goal of establishing a new and exciting image for the museum. Other objectives, such as creating better function for programs and exhibits, involved configuring a more usable building plan and providing clear circulation patterns within the best possible environment.
Our design for the expansion rearranged the gallery and curatorial spaces to allow the addition of over 75,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art flexible gallery and exhibit space, making this facility an excellent forum for showing and integrating art with its architectural surroundings. The museum’s new entry is celebrated with a sweeping curved canopy, which gathers and welcomes visitors. The architecture reinforces a sense of entry, lost in the original building, and reorients visitors along the existing complex’s signature element—the reflecting pool with views of a sculpture garden beyond.