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Grand Rapids Art Museum - Munkenbeck + Marshall  The Grand Rapids Art Museum was won in an international competitive process.  The site, in the heart of Grand Rapids, forms the centre piece of the City regeneration.  The foreground to the Museum is a park called Ecliptic by Maya Lin.  The park extends up into and around the lobby and café of the restaurant allowing continuity between the outdoor courts and the park. The Museum is naturally cooled using a concrete labyrinth under the front court to balance between daytime and night time temperatures.  The galleries of Old and New Art are placed in a high wall away from the park. There are glass lanterns above the permanent galleries. These form a contained buffer of captured air reducing energy consumption and allowing natural light to filter down to the galleries.  The Principal of 'atelier-bill' Architects worked in the Practice of Munkenbeck + Marshall in Curtain Street in close collaboration with Alfred Munkenbeck to develop the design of the Art Museum. gainsborough
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