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Museum Architecture

Crystal Bridges was designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who envisioned a building that would complement the surrounding Ozark landscape. Nestled into a natural ravine, the Museum integrates the element of water on the site through the creation of two spring-fed ponds that are spanned by two signature bridge structures and surrounded by a group of pavilions housing Museum galleries and studios.

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Listen as Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton talks with architect Moshe Safdie.

  • Conversations: Alice Walton & Moshe Safdie (1 of 5)
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Bachman Wilson House

In 2013, Crystal Brides acquired a classic “Usonian” house designed by celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1954. Known as the Bachman Wilson House, the structure is being dismantled at its original site in Somerset County, New Jersey, to be reconstructed on the Museum grounds overlooking Crystal Spring. The house will be open for public viewing in 2015.

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Museum Store Architecture

Architect Marlon Blackwell designed the Museum Store at Crystal Bridges to be an organic complement to the Museum’s natural setting and distinctive architecture. Under a living green roof, the interior ceiling and walls are lined with undulating cherrywood ribs that mimic the fluting on the underside of a mushroom. Blackwell practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as distinguished professor and department head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Museum Store

Architecture Blog

  • Truck Side  Photo provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. The Bachman Wilson House: On the Road - This past January, Crystal Bridges acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house, known as the Bachman Wilson House. In order to best preserve the architecturally significant structure, which had previously been exposed to repeat flooding, it was determined that the house would have to be relocated. After careful deliberation, a location on Crystal Bridges’ grounds... Read more »
  • Rending showing the future placement of the Bachman Wilson House near Crystal Spring. The Bachman Wilson House: Selecting the Site - Crystal Bridges recently acquired the Bachman Wilson House, a 1954 Usonian House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After repeat flooding at the structure’s original site next to the Millstone River in New Jersey, relocation presented itself as the best preservation option. The house is now disassembled and will be transported in pieces to Northwest... Read more »
  • Construction Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs? - You can’t walk through Crystal Bridges without noticing a number of very unique design choices—the location, the building materials, the layout. It’s a beautiful and complex structure. But what’s up with the roofs?   Designed to mimic the rolling hills of Arkansas’s landscape, the roofs at Crystal Bridges are full of intriguing features. First of... Read more »

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Architecture Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Learn more about the architecture of Crystal Bridges. This hour-long Architecture Tour will introduce you to the unique architectural features of Moshe Safdie’s design, and provide insights into some of the special challenges the Museum’s site posed to engineers. Meet in the lower lobby. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting. An alternate indoor route is offered in case of inclement weather. No tickets necessary. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 15 participants. Tour begins in the lower lobby. Please arrive five minutes in advance.