Nordic design principles help create a “living space” for Seattle museum

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AIA partner "],[0,[0],1,"Rockwool"],[0,[],0," explains."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The overarching goal for the Nordic Museum project in Seattle was to connect the new structure\u2014in its inherent design and function\u2014to its cultural roots and the Nordic building principles of efficiency, comfort, economy, and effective use of natural light."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"As an internationally recognized museum and cultural center, the Nordic Museum celebrates the history, arts, and culture of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Since its founding in 1980, it has operated from within an elementary school building built in 1903. When the space no longer fit the growing needs of the museum, plans were put in place to build a new, three-story, 57,000-square-foot facility to house its 77,000-plus artifacts. The new building was intended to be a \u201cliving space\u201d with immersive experiences where history and culture come alive. \t"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Architects at "],[0,[1],1,"Mithun"],[0,[],0," needed to fuse heritage with modern architecture to achieve spaces with clean and simple lines, exceptional function and comfort, sleek shapes, and a connection to nature and the environment. The team consulted with Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa to ensure the building reflected an authentic Nordic aesthetic. Mithun sought to \u201cevoke grand landscapes,\u201d capturing the essence of a linear fjord in open spaces and an abundance of natural light, most strikingly with breathtaking faceted white planes reflective of the Nordic region\u2019s glacial origins. Bridges connect exhibit spaces across the fjord to fuse past and present, joining the Nordic and Nordic American exhibits and representing migration. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Nordic products were carefully researched, selected, and incorporated into the building, evident in many aspects of the exterior and interior. The exterior white siding is Cembonit, manufactured in Denmark, while "],[0,[0],1,"Rockwool"],[0,[],0," and Grundfos\u2014suppliers of the insulation and pumps, respectively\u2014are both Danish companies. A Finnish company, Kone, supplied two of the museum\u2019s new elevators. Light fixtures throughout the building were sourced from Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulson. Even smaller details like the locks on the doors are Swedish in origin. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"Efficiencies inside and out\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Sustainability also was top of mind in the Nordic museum\u2019s strategic design, with the project targeting LEED Silver certification. To create an efficient building that consumes less energy and contributes to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the architectural and design team focused on creating a tight, high-performance building envelope. The wall assembly comprises 5\/8\u201d interior gypsum wall board, Division 5 metal stud framing, 5\/8\u201d DensGlass Gold sheathing, Vaproshield SA water-resistive barrier, and 2-1\/2\u201d of "],[0,[2],1,"Rockwool Comfortboard 110"],[0,[],0,". Finally, the building\u2019s exterior was clad with a vertically striated zinc skin. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The Rockwool stone wool insulation used in the building\u2019s wall system not only provides high-performance benefits\u2014including dimensional stability, water resistance, excellent drying potential, and thermal performance\u2014but its Danish roots complement the museum\u2019s purpose and cultural connection. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Housing priceless and culturally significant artifacts, fire protection was also a critical goal in the design of the new museum. Non-combustible Rockwool stone wool offers best-in-class performance, with the ability to add passive fire protection and resist temperatures up to 2,150\u02daF. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The sustainability profile extends far beyond the envelope\u2019s efficiency. Daylight was optimized throughout public areas with floor-to-ceiling windows on the west side, creating a dramatic, inviting main entrance. This is echoed on the opposite side, allowing massive amounts of light to flood the museum and highlighting the iconic white fjord walls. The quality of light was a key feature cited when Mithun received an "],[0,[3],1,"AIA Washington Council Civic Design Award"],[0,[],0," for the project in 2018. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Central to energy efficiency and preservation is the state-of-the-art climate control system that provides efficient heating and cooling and protects the museum\u2019s sensitive artifacts. Other features include filtered stormwater run-off, the use of materials such as fir, hemlock, and oak timbers, as well as insulation made from natural raw materials and recycled content."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The Nordic Museum is an important hub promoting the area\u2019s strong Nordic roots, embodying heritage, life, culture, and innovation. While visitors may not realize all the elements that contribute to the museum\u2019s inviting, bright, and engaging spaces, design and architecture play a significant role in the entire experience."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[4],0,"For more information on Rockwool\u0027s stone wool insulation, "],[0,[0],1,"click here"],[0,[],1,"."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[4],1,"AIA does not sponsor or endorse any enterprise, whether public or private, operated for profit. Further, no AIA officer, director, committee member, or employee, or any of its component organizations in his or her official capacity, is permitted to approve, sponsor, endorse, or do anything that may be deemed or construed to be an approval, sponsorship, or endorsement of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product."]]]]}
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AIA partner Rockwool explores how the Nordic Museum fuses modern architecture, energy efficiency, and heritage to create an immersive experience for visitors.
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A robust building envelope maximizes efficiency at the new Nordic Museum in Seattle. It's one element in the project's sustainability efforts, which also include ample daylighting and resource-efficient materials.
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