Intended to be non-specific in form, the Museum shell is the result of both construction technique and aesthetic considerations. The Museum’s shell indirectly echoes the form of an automobile quarter panel positioned on a rectilinear chassis. The shell’s asymmetrical character emerges through series of identical glu-lam members placed at varying heights along the length of the museum. These glu-lam members outline a profile which tracks the trajectory of two tangent arches with unique radii. The shell’s standing metal seam roof dematerializes the surface of the roof reinforcing its non-objective/sculptural nature.
Central to the design of the Museum are the ramp galleries built to a slope greater than 20:1. These gently sloped galleries allow patrons to have a contiguous experience without the interruption of using stairs or elevators. Vehicles and exhibits can be placed level to the slope increasing the flexibility and efficiency of the exhibition spaces. Landings at each end of the museum serve as transitional nodes between the ramp galleries and the storage galleries. The storage gallery on the B3 level acts a bridge to a congruent set of ramps directing patrons back to the main gallery.