Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of the greenest cities in the country, at least if you go by the number of LEED certified buildings it has.  A couple of years ago, Grand Rapids was #5 on a list of cities with the most LEED certified buildings, surpassing even cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC.  Grand Rapids also has embraced renewable energy for the city.  But Grand Rapids’ latest claim to green fame is that it is now the home to the first new construction LEED-certified art museum in the country. 

The building is a 125,000 sf structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of Workshop Hakomori Yantrasast (wHY Architects).  The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened just a few weeks prior to David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, which is also expecting a LEED Gold.

Museums make for difficult LEED projects because they tend to have very demanding and precise requirements for temperature and humidity control, and extensive lighting requirements.  The Grand Rapids Art Museum manages to accomplish these needs and is still expected to receive LEED Gold certification once all the review work is completed in the next few months.

The series of sneak preview photos (on Flickr) are just snapshots, but there are a number of photos showing parts of the building that aren’t typical magazine and publicity images.

Good Links:
++Grand Rapids Art Museum [official website]
++Cultural Cornerstone Anchors Grands Rapids [AIA This Week]
++Architect Magazine Cover Article on GRAM [PDF]
++New GRAM Deserves Attention for its Beauty []

Images Credit: wHY website