Designed by architect Matthew Coates of Coates Design, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art opens June 14 in Washington. The 20,000-sq.-ft. building will target LEED Gold status, thanks to sustainable initiatives such as geothermal energy, daylighting control, solar power, bamboo and wood flooring, denim insulation, and green-certified carpets and paints. Amenities include a two-story atrium and staircase, five formal galleries, two classrooms, 95-seat auditorium, conference room, community gallery, bistro, museum store, and a green rooftop garden and patio.
The art museum will serve as a cultural center with exhibits and programs primarily focused on artists from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, along with the Puget Sound region. “People will really be able to engage with this building and with the art that’s in it,” says Coates. “I think that because of this, it will be one of the places they always go to get refreshed and inspired.”
For more information, visit biartmuseum.org and www.coatesdesign.com.