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Utah’s Natural History Gets A New Habitat


At the end of last year the Natural History Museum of Utah unveiled its new home, the spectacular $102.5 million Rio Tinto Center in Salt Lake City.  Featuring 34,000 square feet of exhibition space and 10 permanent galleries focussing on the state’s ancient ecosystems, biogeography, native peoples and how climate change and population growth are expected to shape the state in the future; the new center makes the museum one of the most prominent natural history destinations in the American West.

Designed by Ennead Architects, the museum’s architecture mimics the contours of the nearby sandstone and limestone mountains in shape and with its construction materials.  It is built into terraces in the foothills of the Wasatch Range, and views from the building’s huge windows include the Great Salt Lake, surrounding canyons, and three mountain ranges extending into the Great Basin desert.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates were responsible for the stunning exhibition design, and Kubik Maltbie, Inc for the fit-out.  ClickNetherfield designed and manufactured the showcase requirements for the museum, including a vast bespoke 20-bay curved case.

Most of the showcases we produced for this project were custom solutions.  Our Designers and Project Managers worked closely with the client team to ensure a solution was tailored to meet their exact requirements, and their vision brought to reality with style.


For more information and images from the museum, please see our case study on the project.

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