Anchorage Museum Expansion

Anchorage, AK
  • Honor Award - 2010 AIA Alaska Design Awards, American Institute of Architects, Alaska
  • Silver (Environments) - 2011 International Design Excellence Awards, Industrial Designers Society of America

Four-story, 6,689-m² (72,000-ft²) expansion comprising five linear volumes varying in length and height and clad in a transparent curtain wall. In a first-ever application of its type, the use of self-consolidating concrete achieved slim-column aesthetics in the galleries, allowing architectural expression while meeting stringent earthquake requirements. Selection of a concrete structural system reduced the overall building height, economically provides the desired long spans, and creates the crisp façade edges desired by the architect.

ARCHITECT: David Chipperfield Architects, with Kumin Associates
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