I worked on the documents phase of this new 12,000m2 museum, developing architectural and construction details for numerous ambitious configurations. As the project progressed, I was also involved in design revisions and presentation imagery for galleries and public spaces.
Much of the work here focused on reconciling UK expectations of bespoke design with the product-based construction typical of the US. In order to defend the original intent, we proposed specific and thoroughly documented solutions to the associate architects in Grand Rapids. Working with Dewhurst Macfarlane and Atelier Ten, we also incorporated extensive sustainable systems, including a sub-cellar tempering labyrinth for intake air, glazed pre-heat chambers on the east face of the building, and monumental engineered wood and glass louvered facades.
Parenthetically, the client and architects parted ways at the eleventh hour and GRAM has been widely published as the work of another designer whose revisions, while superficial, robbed the project of much of its character.