National Music Museum Wins AIA South Dakota Design Award

National Music Museum

Koch Hazard Architects won a Merit Award in Architecture for its addition and renovation of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. Koch Hazard Architects worked with Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston on the project.

After more than two decades of planning and fundraising (beginning in 2010), the National Music Museum work is nearly finished with the final exhibits phase estimated to be complete in the fall of 2022.  Renovations restored galleries originally used as reading rooms and stacks, as well as upgraded staff operations spaces, changed out windows, and repaired stones and joints.

National Music Museum
Renovated gallery space.

The addition becomes a prominent new accessible entrance, solving the issue of an elevated first floor while leaving Carnegie’s historic classical entrance intact. The addition includes a new 118-seat Recital Hall supported by a conservation lab, classroom, working library and support spaces designed for growth considerations to the year 2035. The addition is simple and monumental in form but delicate in it’s detailing both responding and deferring to the architectural spirit of the original building.

National Music Museum
New 118-seat Recital Hall.

The AIA Design Awards Ceremony is a part of the annual AIA South Dakota Convention and Expo Hall. The juror panel for this year’s AIA South Dakota design awards was led by Jeffrey Day, FAIA and founding principal of Actual Architecture Co. in Omaha, Nebraska. Day assembled a team of three to judge 19 South Dakota entries.

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