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.

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.

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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

  • The floor plan of the Bachman Wilson House mapped out in tape on the floor of the Museum's Great Hall. Bachman-Wilson House: Imagine, if You Will… - How do you practice guiding tours through a building that isn’t built yet? It’s a question that was troubling Alyssa Wilson, Crystal Bridges’ Guide Program Manager.  Although the Bachman-Wilson House is nearing completion on the outside, there is still plenty of interior work to be done, and the construction crew obviously can’t have 37 Tour Guides... Read more »
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Happy Birthday to Frank Lloyd Wright - Today’s post was prepared by Dylan Turk, a curatorial assistant here at Crystal Bridges. Lately he has been working with our interpretation team to prepare information panels for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House. These panels will be installed in the pavilion that will serve as an entryway for the home and its grounds when it opens... Read more »
  • The drone captures footage of Leo Villareal's Buckyball as the sun sets, an image eerily reminiscent of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind..." Bring in the Drone! - There are a number of locations at Crystal Bridges that offer stunning views of the Museum architecture and landscape.  However, the constrictions of the Museum’s site—down inside a ravine, surrounded by trees—makes it a challenge to photograph in a way that conveys the full scope of the campus.  Back in 2011, aerial photos and video... Read more »

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.