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Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle, Washington

The 3‑story, 53,000-square-foot Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood overlooks a working waterfront in this historically Scandinavian neighborhood. Dedicated to Seattle’s Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, the museum’s former location for 35 years was in a Ballard elementary school building. The new museum’s climate control allows for more traveling exhibitions and in addition to exhibit space includes a café, gift shop, and cultural resource center.

The new museum was dedicated by Icelandic president Gudni Johannesson and Danish crown princess Mary. The project team included Juhani Pallasmaa, a Nordic design consultant from Finland.

JRS provided design review services, and assisted the Architect during construction administration by reviewing submittals and Requests for Information and performing regular reviews of work in the field. Envelope components include a mixture of zinc panels and through-colored fiber cement rainscreens, as well as aluminum-framed curtain walls and storefront systems. The project pursued LEED Silver certification.