LEED Silver museum’s shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas

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When Boston-based architecture practice Verner Johnson was tapped to design the $17.3 million Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, they saw an opportunity to push back against the area’s new suburban sprawl with a site-specific project. Drawing from the region’s landscape history and their experience with museum design, the architects crafted a building that brings the prairie fires of the American Great Plains to life with a striking flame-inspired facade made with dichroic glass…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Manetti Shrem Museum’s 50,000-square-foot canopy was inspired by the texture of the agrarian landscape

The new Manetti Shrem Museum features a 50,000-square-foot permeable canopy that extends over the sides of the building and blurs its edges. Architecture firms Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SO-IL designed the new museum for the University of California in Davis, and created a space with interiors activated by changing light, seasons and interwoven curved and straight sections.

The light-filled, multi-use building was built to further the educational mission of the museum and become a new cultural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building