Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Location Seattle, Washington
Design Principal Tom Kundig
Principal Stephen Yamada-Heidner

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest and largest museums in Washington State with a collection of over 16 million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils.

The new, 110,000 sq. ft. building will be 60% larger than the current facility and will break down traditional museum barriers between public and “back-of-house” spaces, integrating collections and research labs with traditional galleries to create an experience that invites everyone—from curators to visitors, educators to students—to engage in the dynamic process of scientific and cultural discovery. Nearly 60% of the museum will be accessible or viewable to visitors (compared to just over 30% today).

The new building will transform the northwest corner of UW campus, welcoming the community with a native plant garden and an open “Burke Yard” that can be used for both parking and community gatherings and events.The project is targeting LEED® Gold certification and anticipated to open in 2018.

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