Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will


A 73,000 sq. ft. museum housing exhibition spaces and offices. The main exhibition spaces are two-story spaces with office spaces grouped within a four-story structure. The building is basically linear in plan. However, because of the need to retain an existing pond and more than 250 trees on the site, the building’s geometry is very complex, involving intricate angular geometry. In addition, the roofs are not flat, but are pitched and sloped to create varying planes. A unique design feature is the butterfly haven, a four-story open space with sloping exterior glass walls all around.

  • Awards:
  • AIA Citation of Merit for Distinguished Building Award 2000