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. Learn more about the design of Crystal Bridges Learn More about Moshe Safdie
  Listen as Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton talks with architect Moshe Safdie.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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. Learn More about the Frank Lloyd Wright House
Bachman Wilson House

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

  • A view of Crystal Bridges North Lawn and Mark di Suvero's sculpture "Lowell's Ocean" from inside the gallery bridge. News to Lift You Up - The Museum’s North Lawn is lovely, but difficult to reach. Visible from the Early Twentieth-Century Gallery bridge, and showcasing Mark di Suvero’s monumental steel sculpture Lowell’s Ocean, this pleasant swath of greenspace is currently accessible from the Museum only by climbing two sets of long, steep stairs.   Although not every area on Crystal Bridges’ grounds can... Read more »
  • Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired box by Myron Wilson. Photo by Dero Sanford. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright: Woodcraft by Myron Williams - Attention holiday shoppers! Woodcrafter and Crystal Bridges volunteer Myron Williams has created a limited number of beautiful wooden magazine racks and decorative boxes inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright house that are now available for purchase in Crystal Bridges’ Museum Store.  The magazine rack, based on a classic Mission-style design, features the unique cut-out pattern... Read more »
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Welcome Pavilion at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art “Short Take” on the Frank Lloyd Wright Welcome Pavilion - Students and faculty in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design honored Fay Jones and his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, by building a permanent structure on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The creation, a viewing pavilion to complement Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, is the result of a unique partnership between the... Read more »

Architecture Tour

Every Monday, Thursday, 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.