Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Location:

Durham, NC
 

Owner:

Duke University
 

Architect:

Rafael Viñoly Architects P.C., New York, NY
 

Engineer:

Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers, Newark, NJ
 

Contractor:

Beck Group, Durham, NC
 

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

64,942
 

Award:

2006 PCI Design Award — Honorable Mention Public/Institutional Building
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The goal for this project was to create a distinctive campus landmark that will serve as the center of cultural life for both the university and the local communities. The designers specified load-bearing, insulated precast concrete wall panels for the structures to serve as the finished architectural surface that continues the exterior cladding seamlessly into the museum’s interior.

The precast panels provide both the structural system and the insulation and water-protection system for the five pavilions comprising the structure. Each pavilion contains a specific component of the building program and are loosely placed in a radial pattern. They were conceived as monolithic forms with limited fenestration.

The precast concrete walls contain an architectural precast mix design that blends several aggregates and sands to achieve a natural and aesthetically pleasing color and texture. Sandblasting and the insertion of horizontal reveals create an attractive, functional, durable system to meet the needs of the permanent collection as well as the traveling exhibition.

 
Back to