Nestled in the foothills above Salt Lake City, the $102-million Natural History Museum of Utah houses a collection of 1.2 million artifacts, including items from Utah's Native American tribes.
The 163,000-sq-ft building is composed primarily of exposed concrete with copper-alloy cladding. The natural patina of the copper alloy blends with the hillside setting and gives the building a stratified but fractured appearance, evoking the sandstone deserts and rugged mountains of Utah.
The two wings are connected by bridges over a three-story "canyon" that serves as a central gathering place.
Owner: DFCM, Salt Lake City
Architect: GSBS Architects, Salt Lake City; Ennead Architects, New York City
General Contractor: Big-D Construction, Salt Lake City
Engineers: Colvin Engineering Associates Inc. (civil), Dunn Associates Inc. (structural), Spectrum Engineers (MEP), all of Salt Lake City