Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtProject Summary
- Moshe Safdie Architects designed this high-profile museum located in the beautiful Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas.
- Plant materials were largely selected from a palette of native and indigenous species.
- Woodland groundcovers extend beyond the limits of the existing tree line to enhance the transition between the new plantings and existing wooded hillside.
- The irrigation system uses site run-off and two on-site wells collected in one of the constructed lakes.
- Extensive use of drip irrigation and a powerful weather station improve the efficiency of the irrigation system.
- Town Branch Creek was diverted underground during the entire construction process, then reconstructed after the buildings were complete.
- Much of the valley bottom was used for construction and staging during the erection of the buildings. It was then converted to lakes and park-like settings upon completion of the buildings.
- Walkways serve a dual purpose of providing pedestrian and maintenance access throughout the site.
- Settings were provided around the site, for sculptures by world-renowned artists like Roxy Paine and Mark di Suvero.