De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland and Fong & Chan Architects, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco's landmark museum showcases a diverse art collection from 17th to 20th century America, Africa, and the Pacific. To integrate the 300,000 square foot museum with the lush landscape, the design team used natural materials like copper, stone, wood, and glass. The interior features a 144-foot education tower, sculpture garden, store, cafe, and auditorium. Charles M. Salter Associates provided acoustical design recommendations to reduce noise transmission between sensitive adjacencies, including the auditorium, exhibition construction shop, and galleries. Our firm also recommended measures to mitigate mechanical noise throughout the museum.

AIA Excellence in Architecture Award, The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, 2006

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