Natural light shines in the New Burke

January 31, 2018
Burke Museum
The rooftop skylight brings in natural light into the New Burke, from top to bottom.

The rooftop skylight brings in natural light into the New Burke, from top to bottom.

Photo: Burke Museum

With the exterior of the New Burke almost complete, finishing work on the interior of the new museum is underway. Collections rooms, galleries, and staff offices are under construction, and the layout of the New Burke is coming to life.

The Archaeology team tours a planned collections storage space.

The Archaeology team tours a planned collections storage space.

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A completed enclosed office on the third floor

Photo: Burke Museum

We’ve recently completed the beautiful skylights that will illuminate the New Burke. These skylights sit above three-story atriums and join large windows in providing visitors with natural lighting and gorgeous views of Seattle.

View has partnered with the museum, supplying a new generation of auto-tinting “smart” windows that adapt to and control the sun’s energy to optimize natural light and reduce glare. This allows us to provide a more comfortable visitor experience in the museum while protecting our collections from damaging levels of sunlight.

Now all we need is some sunshine! 

The newly installed skylights on the top floor of the New Burke

The newly installed skylights on the top floor of the New Burke.
Photo: Burke Museum

The newly installed skylights on the top floor of the New Burke

The newly installed skylights on the top floor of the New Burke.
Photo: Burke Museum

Check out this time-lapse of some of the last bit of work being done to the exterior. We’ve come a long way since breaking ground!  

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Similar to the “inside-out” vision for the New Burke experience, we hope to provide a glimpse into the two-year construction of the New Burke Museum. Visit the New Burke Project page for answers to common questions about the project. The Burke Museum is open during construction of the New Burke! Plan your visit today. 

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