Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Distinguished Building Award, 2000
AIA, Chicago Chapter
American Architecture Award, 2000
The Chicago Athenaeum
Project of Distinction, 2000
Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
The award-winning Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum lives and breathes the mission of the Chicago Academy of Sciences: to provide easy access to the vast, impressive natural history of the Midwest. In its first relocation since 1893, the new 73,000 square foot design emphasizes the interdependence of natural and manmade environments, creatively using its history and park setting to maximize the facility and its surroundings.
The building is embedded in the site, preserving existing trees and contours. An incision in the landscape marks the distinctive museum entry and pond gateway featuring a natural stone wall and stone paving. In each design detail, visitors are reminded of the unique human connection with the natural environment — which enables the discovery and nurture of the Midwest's natural resources.