2019 Architectural Drawing Award

Art Museum of Columbia   by Zach Ury, Wallace Architects
Citation of Merit for Architectural Drawing

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The irregular pyramid-like structure is made of glass and steel, with a second layer of bent steel panels to reflect light into the galleries.  This system allows the museum to operate during the day using very little artificial lighting, while no direct light enters and harms the displayed art.

The site is at the busy intersection of Broadway and Providence Road in Columbia, so a barrier of pines around the museum helps to separate it from the noisy environment.  A wide walkway welcomes guests into the museum's entrance, which is simply a corner of the building raised to create the triangular void.

The overall shape of the museum lends itself to a pattern of floors that decrease in size as guests ascend the central staircase.  The experience therefore becomes more intimate as one explores upward.