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Architecture November, 30 2011

Natural History Museum of Utah

Salt Lake City may not strike you as a hotbed of architectural innovation but the Natural History Museum of Utah might have a thing or two to say about that. NY based architects Ennead, took the $103 million budget and created the Rio Tinto center over 163,000 sq ft at the below the Rocky Mountains’ Wasatch Range.

A research center as well as exhibition space, the outside is wrapped in 42,000 square feet of standing seam copper. The structure is formed by a series of terraces designed to follow the lines of the surrounding environment, with the whole project built to gold certificate energy and environmental design standards. An incredible feat in even more impressive surroundings, tip: wallpaper

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