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Museum of the Earth

Set within the hillside and adjacent to the existing research facility, the museum is organized into two parallel and interconnected buildings.

The new museum for the Paleontological Research Institution engages the remarkable landforms of the Finger Lakes Region. The museum and the 6.2-acre site house one of the nation's largest paleontological collections, and demonstrate the dynamic interrelationships between geological events and biological evolution. 
 

Shifted and carved by a receding ice sheet twenty thousand years ago, the site is marked by a gradual, forty-foot slope. Set within the hillside and adjacent to the existing research facility, the museum is organized into two parallel and interconnected buildings—a public education wing and a new exhibition hall. Together these two structures define the edges of a new cascading plaza, extending views to Cayuga Lake. A series of sculpted landforms structure the site by concealing extensive parking, groundwater recycling, and connecting interior and exterior exhibition programs.

Awards
AIA Excellence in Design Award AIA New York State
AIA Honor Award for Architecture AIA New York Chapter
Press
The Museum of the Earth ELA, Issue 248
AsBuilt Series Details in Contemporary Architecture
You Don't Have To Do The Windows Metropolis Magazine
AsBuilt Princeton Architectural Press
Museum & Gallery - Design Daab Publishing
Buried Treasure: Weiss/Manfredi's Museum Of The Earth Architecture Today
Museum Of The Earth Interni
Museum Of The Earth, New York Architectural Record
Rising Stars The Wall Street Journal
Museo Della Terra Il Giornale Dell'Archetettura
Landscrapers: Building with the Land Thames & Hudson
Museum Of The Earth Architecture Magazine
Design Culture Now: National Design Triennial Princeton Architectural Press