Design of Utah museum breaks from traditional approach

The 200,000-square-foot Natural History Museum nestles among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City. Its design is a break from the usual solemn and symmetrical museum design and you enter it "as through the faceted, sheer walls of a canyon, rendered in beige plaster and board-formed concrete," writes Julie Iovine. The $102.5 million building's design breaks the traditional formal aura of museums as it combines the past and present along with nature and man into a whole, according to Iovine.

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