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Bell Museum Water Design - Qualitative and Quantitative

Author(s) Josh Bowens-Rubin, Amber Sausen and Marcelo Sanchez
Date Posted April 29, 2010 6:58 PM
Program M.S. Sustainable Design
Instructor Strong, McDonough

This project took the existing Thorbeck design for the proposed new Bell Museum and re-envisioned it with an emphasis on water. Runoff, greywater reuse, rainwater harvesting, and museum exhibit design all played into our approach to treating stormwater on site, making it a visible part of the building's interior and educating visitors on the role on water in our lives. The ways water affects the natural world of Minnesota, from orchids to owls, are also highlighted in exhibit designs that capture the imagination and remind us of everything's need for water and the responsibility of humans to use care for this resource.

Project done in collaboration with Marcelo Sanchez and Josh Bowens-Rubin