Studio Ma has designed an innovative new museum building for the Museum of the West by taking inspiration from classic Western landscapes as well as some of the cultural symbols of the area such as horseshoes.
The most striking aspect of this museum building is its exposed steel skeleton, while the higher sections of the building are sheathed in steel that features a special folded texture that both offers shade and minimizes use of materials. The horseshoe symbolism is present in the perimeter of the courtyard, every aspect of which aims to remind visitors of the iconic red cliffs of the American West.
This museum building is a wonderful example of architecture taking on a metaphorical meaning, something that's especially important and significant in the case of an educational building like this one.
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