Museum Building Committee selects six finalists for museum expansion project
May 16, 2003
The building committee for the Anchorage Museum of History and Art’s expansion project has selected six architectural design firms for final consideration to lead its proposed expansion and renovation. The $86 million expansion will double the size of the current facility, making room for rare Alaska Native collections from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. The expansion will also allow the integration of The Imaginarium into the Museum.
“Thanks, in part, to the Alaska Design Forum, this project has attracted international notice among architects. A total of 38 firms responded to our request for qualifications, and we are thrilled with the caliber of architects who have expressed interest,” says Museum Director Pat Wolf.
Principals of each firm will visit Anchorage June 2 and 3 to meet with the building committee. The firms are: David Chipperfield Architects, London, England; Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc. of Los Angeles; Saucier + Perrotte Architects, Montreal, Quebec; Snohetta of Oslo, Norway; Steven Holl Architects, New York; and Vincent James Associates Architects, Minneapolis. Each has extensive experience designing museums and other significant public buildings in urban settings. Many have worked on buildings in northern environments, and all have garnered architectural awards for their work.
The project architect will be selected from these six finalists in July. This firm will be responsible for the creative design of the expanded and renovated museum and will work with Kumin Associates Inc., the Anchorage firm recently chosen as the architect-of-record.
Following is a list of each firm’s key projects:
David Chipperfield Architects designed the River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom; Ansaldo “City of Culture”, Milan; the Des Moines Public Library and the Figge Art Center, Davenport, Iowa; the Literature Museum, Marback am Neckar, Germany; and the Neues Museum, Museum Island, Berlin.
Stephen Holl Architects designed the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington; Kiasma: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki; the expansion and renovation of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; the Cranbook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Vincent James Associates Architects worked on the Minnesota History Center with the firm of Hammel, Green & Abrahamson Inc.; the Museum of the American Indian in New York City and the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire when he was associated with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer. Since starting his own practice, he has designed the Minneapolis Children’s Museum, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Cable Natural History Museum in Wisconsin.
Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc. designed MoMAQNS, the temporary exhibition facility in Long Island, New York; Kid Space Museum in Pasadena; the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California; the Fresno Metropolitan Museum and the renovation of the UCLA Hammer Museum.
Saucier + Perrotte Architects of Montreal designed the McCord Museum, La Cinematheque Quebecoise Research and Documentation Center; First Nations Garden Exhibition Pavilion; the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Montreal; the School of Music at McGill University; and the Perimeter Institute, Research Center for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario.
Snohetta, led by Craig Dykers, designed the Winter Olympic Museum in Lillehammer and the Contemporary Museum in Oslo; the Karmoy Fishing Museum; the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which includes three museums in Egypt; the JMV Turner Museum in Britain; the Norwegian National Opera; and the Norway Embassy in Berlin.
For more information, contact building committee adviser Sarah Barton, RISE Alaska, at 276-8095.