Thompson Among Best Wood Projects in U.S.

Published on July 26th, 2018

ArchDaily, one of the world’s most popular architecture websites, has named the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum one of the Best 100 Wood Projects in the U.S.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the Thompson Building’s prominent characteristic is the use of wood throughout its 21,000-square-foot footprint. Most notably, the shape is formed by 10 105-foot, curved Douglas fir glulam beams that span the entire width of the building. It is clad in cedar and features a mahogany wraparound deck.

Architect Magazine profiled specific details of the wooden structure in its June 2017 issue.

The Thompson Building opened to the public in September 2016 and has garnered a pair of design awards. In addition to a welcome center, gift shop and a waterfront meeting space, the main attraction is the 5,000-square-foot exhibition hall that has greatly enhanced Mystic Seaport Museum as a year-around attraction.

ArchDaily currently boasts 190 million monthly page views. The site has featured a number of Centerbrook projects in the past, and in 2016 named the Hotchkiss School’s Biomass Heating Facility to its Top 100 most important works of architecture in the U.S.