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Step Inside Tom Kundig's Boxcar-Like Museum Addition

Tom Kundig, the reigning king of angular mountain cabins, has just finished his latest museum project, an expansion of the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Kundig's design for the new 16,000-square foot gallery space devoted to Western American art was inspired by the railways that turned the port city into what it is today. Sunscreens on the façade resemble boxcar doors, and can be opened and shut via handwheel.

The museum has a 34-foot tall entrance canopy made of aluminum and stainless steel that looks not unlike a giant version of some of Kundig's steel-clad cabins. There are a number of environmentally friendly features, including sunscreens made from Richlite, a recycled paper-based material. "Architecturally, the challenges became opportunities," Kundig says. "Tacoma, the 'City of Destiny,' was the Western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and played an important part of the larger story of the West."

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