Washington Museum Association, Award of Excellence, Special Board Award, 2016
ASLA Washington Chapter Professional Awards, Honor Award, General Design, 2016
Cliff, Caves and Lantern
Nestled at the edge of the Columbia River, a new museum and cultural center provides a home for Wanapum culture and artifacts. The building form weaves solidity and light, from a protective repository enclosure that references traditional cliffside cave storage spaces to the glazed welcome area that evokes traditional fishing lanterns. The entry path aligns with the equinox sunrise, marked by the Wanapum seasons and language.
The center replaces a smaller outmoded facility and provides an archival collection storage for repatriation and acquisitions alongside recording studios for capturing oral history. New meeting, cooking and gathering places support a living culture.
The Museum reaffirms the living Wanapum culture and history on the Columbia River. Sustainable features include a high-mass insulated envelope with a high-performing climate controlled system. Stormwater is expressed through channels in the repository walls and enhanced native landscape.