Leeser Architecture wins competition to design World Mammouth and Permafrost Museum

New York-based architect, Leeser Architecture, has won a design competition for the World Mammouth and Permafrost Museum in Siberia.

The museum, which will house a research centre and laboratory studying Siberian mammoths, has been specially designed to cope with the extreme environment in which it will be built.

Features in the building, which will sit at the foot of the Tchoutchour Mouran hill in the city of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha-Ya, will include a super-insulated double-glazed wall with filled with an energy conserving gel which traps gas and slows down the transfer of heat energy.

Facilities for visitors include shops, auditorium, conference rooms, media library, exhibition spaces, and a café in an indoor garden.

Other archictects on the shortlist included American firm Antoine Predock, Italy’s Massimilio Fuksas and SRL from Denmark.