Utah. At the SUMA museum there are no inside and outside boundaries

Brooks + Scarpa Architects designed a curved roof with cantilevers that create liveable covered spaces.

Brooks + Scarpa, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, United States, 2017

The Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) by Brooks + Scarpa is part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts campus that includes visual and performing arts, live theatre, and arts education on the Southern Utah University campus. The museum program includes a student-centred experiential learning environment that collects, preserves and exhibits the visual arts of southern Utah and surrounding Colorado Plateau. The buildings main architectural feature is the canyon-like roof that covers the entire building as well as an additional 560 sqm of exterior under roof event space.

While this porch blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside, it serves an important social purpose – to reflect, engage, and promote the exchange of ideas. The 36 m cantilevered roof to the west creates a covered exterior social space while protecting the entire west facing glass facade from direct solar gain and glare. This unfettered movement from inside to outside cultivates an atmosphere of leisure while simultaneously providing shade to protect the art inside and still allowing for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The complex also features sculpture gardens, parks and exterior spaces for live performance and public use.

Img.20 Brooks + Scarpa, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, United States, 2017
Brooks + Scarpa, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, United States, 2017
Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA)
Cedar City, Utah
Brooks + Scarpa
Design team:
Lawrence Scarpa (lead designer), Angela Brooks, Emily Hodgdon, (project architect), Mark Buckland, Chinh Nguyen, Diane Thepkhounphithack, Cesar Delgado, Mario Cipresso, AIA, Brooklyn Short, Royce Scortino, Sheida Roghani, Ryan Bostic
Brooks + Scarpa with Coen + Coen Partners and G. Brown Design
Structural engineering:
Reaveley Associates
Electrical and lighting:
BNA Consulting Group
Civil engineering:
Insite Engineering
Fisher Dachs Associates
2,625 sqm

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