Gateway Arch Museum
By : Cooper Robertson
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Public Building / Cultural Building : Grand Winner Int'l
As part of the winning team for an international design competition, Cooper Robertson led the design of an expanded and renovated Gateway Arch Museum. Located at the base of Eero Saarinen’s iconic Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, within a National Park, the underground Museum explores seminal events in American history, such as President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark’s exploration of North America in 1804, and the role of St. Louis in the settlement of the American West.
The new Museum occupies a renovated underground space built concurrently with the Arch with a 47,000 square foot expansion to the west, and a new entrance facing the Old Courthouse. The majority of the interior of the existing space was demolished and reconfigured into new galleries, public amenities, and museum staff offices. The original architectural elements of the existing public spaces were preserved, and their distinctive character highlighted with new lighting and other discrete interventions. The addition houses a new public lobby that also serves as a visitor center for the entire Park.
The project recently earned LEED Gold certification.
Landscape Architecture : Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Other : Haley Sharpe Design