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Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum

A 20,000-square-foot addition and renovation of a 14,000-square-foot 19th-century railroad warehouse. The combined, 650’ long building will accommodate a model railroad installation at ¼” scale using high quality model trains, and detailed models of contemporary architecture. The model narrative would recreate aspects of the railroad system connecting New York City and North Adams including a liberal interpretation of topographic features from around the United States.

The addition takes two forms, an irregular extrusion which extends and elongates the existing building, and a glazed atrium with a steep butterfly roof. Informed by the shape of the site and the structure of the existing warehouse buildings, the irregular extrusion maximizes the building footprint on the site, while ruled-surface roofs respectfully maintain a gabled structure along its length. The new atrium’s upturned roof, glazed walls and skylight introduce natural light and provide a clear point of entry to the museum.