National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, Wyoming, USA35,350 SFCompletion 1994
On a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art emerges from the earth like a rock outcropping.
Upon approach, the building appears to be a natural formation, then slowly reveals itself. Rough stone, reclaimed timber and an open, daylit lobby seamlessly blend the outdoors with the interior. That allows the more than 80,000 visitors each year to view wildlife in its natural habitat — an ultimate expression of the museum’s mission and spirit. Earth sheltering improves energy efficiency, and Fentress’ green design also restored the site’s ecological stability with a 24-acre reclamation effort that honors the area’s natural beauty.