View Previous Winners:
2008 Central States Design Excellence Awards
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in the outlying suburbs of Kansas City, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum that provides an important center for the interchange between art, culture and education. The design aim of this project was to create a space that would facilitate the mission of the museum. As well as a home for an outstanding collection of art, it is the integration of art with the host institution and the daily life of the students, faculty and visitors. The form of the museum is organized in contrast with the existing context, marking its presence in the campus and the adjoining landscape. The museum space is linked to the exterior with expansive glazing at the ground floor lobby and strategically placed windows at the upper level, which connect to the distant landscape and provide dramatic views.