Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States, University of Alaska Museum of the North was designed by HGA. The heart of the museum is a new lobby, a highly sculptural space that includes large, expansive windows highlighting the spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Tanana River Valley. The 2-story, light-filled space creates a gracious, inviting entry experience for visitors. At night, a warm glow from the lobby becomes a beacon from Yukon Drive and allows passers-by to see the activity inside.
Adjacent to the lobby is a new museum store, prominently located near the main entry, and a new, multipurpose auditorium equipped with retractable seating for lectures, films and theatre performances. And a new special exhibition gallery and an art open storage gallery are accessible from the lobby on the first floor.