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Crystal Bridges Museum Store exterior seen at night while being well-lit through large glass windows
Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)
Crystal Bridges Museum Store wooden ribbed ceiling adorn with modern light fixtures hangs above the beautiful shop filled with gifts
Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)
Well-lit shop space featuring modern wooden shelving, concrete pillars, descending hanging lights, enveloped in the walls and ceiling made of cherry plywood ribs
Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)
A wooden floors, walls, and ceilings look out through glass at the concrete museum
Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)
Crystal Bridges Museum Store wall and ceiling made of parallel cherry plywood ribs in a wave-like formation
Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)

Crystal Bridges Museum Store

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Project Information:

CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM STORE
Bentonville, Arkansas (2011)

A series of parallel cherry plywood ribs organizes the museum store and forms the ceiling and millwork on the rear wall. Likened to the ribbed underside of a mushroom known as a lamella, the surface undulates to create an elegant sectional profile. This serves the practical functions of providing shade from the intense western sun while lighting and displaying merchandise. Carpeted display walls terminate the north and south ends of the space with a color and texture to compliment the warm wood floor and lamella surfaces. The form and structure of the lamella resonates with the shapes and geometry of the Crystal Bridges Museum. Here the geometry of the plan is transformed into a three dimensional spatial proposition imbued with local materials and craftsmanship that expresses a kinship with the unique sensibility found in American Art.

Mechanical: HP Engineering Inc.
Lighting: Resource Design
Contractor: Milestone Construction Company, LLC

Project Awards:

2015:
+ AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Design

2013:
Contract Magazine Interior Design Award – Retail

2012:
+ World Arcchitecture Festival Finalist (Shopping)
+ Arkansas AIA Honor Award
+ Gulf States Regional AIA Interior Honor Award

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