Take a virtual architecture tour of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, led by Dylan Turk, Crystal Bridges Special Projects Coordinator for Architecture and Design.
Explore a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian house, R. Buckminster Fuller’s “Fly’s Eye Dome,” and the museum itself, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie to play up the interaction between architecture, art, and nature.
This tour was recorded for Modernism Week, an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture:
ABOUT CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
The architecture of Crystal Bridges is as stunning and inspirational as the artwork housed inside it. In a ravine surrounded by native Ozark forest, the museum’s muscular gray concrete walls rise up from the bedrock, banded in rough cedar and curved to echo the shape of the hillside. The roofs of the museum’s bridges, covered in deep brown copper, rise like mounds of earth across the still ponds. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the structures are meant to provide views of the surrounding landscape and play up the interaction between architecture, art, and nature.
Bringing people, art, and nature together is at the core of Crystal Bridge’s mission, and nature-centric architecture is a key factor in that equation. For that reason, Crystal Bridges celebrates the visionary work of architects such as Safdie and Frank Lloyd Wright, whose buildings work in harmony with the natural environment.
Learn more at https://CrystalBridges.org/architecture/
ABOUT MODERNISM WEEK
Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. Learn more about Modernism Week here: https://modernismweek.com/pages/about-us
Video courtesy of Crystal Bridges