A Fourfold Museum Expansion on the Edge of the University of Washington Campus

35,000 sf addition +
10,000 sf renovation

University of Washington,
Seattle, WA

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, with LMN Architects

Lara Swimmer Photography

The challenging site required a bold composition to recognize a major visual axis and pedestrian access into the campus, a narrow sloping site, and respectful incorporation of the existing building. Preserving a view of the statue of George Washington from 15th Avenue was a motivating factor in curving the main roof and minimizing the height of the street wall. The new gallery spaces were designed to be flexible and allow a variety of exhibit installations, while presenting sufficient character to engage the visitor with the space. The facility also includes a 150 seat auditorium, children’s workshop, on-site collection storage, and special events accommodations.

Recipient of a Citation Award from the New York AIA chapter.

Bruce Donnally was the Senior Associate in Charge of this project at Gwathmey Siegel and Principal in Charge of Design with LMN Architects

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