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.
Listen as Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton talks with architect Moshe Safdie.
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.
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.
- Why are there crates in the galleries? - Over the past few weeks, a number of art shipping and storage crates have made an unusually public appearance at Crystal Bridges—colonizing the Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery bridge like squatters. Usually crates like these maintain a much lower profile, preferring to stick to the shadowy inner realms of the Museum. But this is a special... Read more »
- Keeping it Green: Three Earth-Friendly Facts about Crystal Bridges - Since today is Earth Day, what better time to share the things that we’ve done at Crystal Bridges to help Mother Earth! Crystal Bridges welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. You can’t appreciate the beauty of nature without the nature,... Read more »
- 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 »
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.