National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, Wyoming, USA35,350 SFCompletion 1994
To create a home for North America’s finest collection of wildlife art, we reclaimed plateaus originally carved for a campground and temporary-worker housing and restored the natural contours and vegetation of another twenty-four acres. The desire for harmony with the site’s natural ecosystem continued in the architecture’s form and materiality. Rough stone and reclaimed timber define open, daylit spaces that dissolve boundaries between the interior and outdoors. Earth-sheltering—much of the building is embedded in the butte—improves energy efficiency and protects the collections, while the long, south-facing façade captures sunlight and open vistas. Outdoor terraces invite users to engage with the natural world. Our sustained sympathy for the project’s surroundings and the ecological stability achieved through land restoration became so seamless, wildlife from the adjacent National Elk Refuge now approach the building, giving visitors firsthand experience with the subjects of the museum’s collection.