Musical Instrument Museum
completed in 2010
McGraw-Hill Construction's 2010 Best of the Best Award Winner for Cultural Projects
Former Target Corporation CEO Bob Ulrich is passionate about art and music. Recognizing a gap between the two, Ulrich envisioned a museum filled with the world’s musical instruments, a museum that celebrates music’s history, evolution and impact. The new, 190,000 square foot Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix celebrates his vision, housing the world’s largest collection of musical instruments. RSP, in collaboration with Target Corporation Lead Designer Rich Varda, found design inspiration in the shapes and colors of the collection, as well as the surrounding desert landscape. The building’s modern massing and mix of simple forms and patterns recall the mountainous desert landscape. A central circulation space acts as a primary organizing element, gracefully connecting the theater, galleries and courtyards. The curvilinear form, contrasted to the straight lines of the five galleries, takes its cue from the flow of music and shapes common in musical instruments. The museum opened to international praise in April 2010. Singer Tony Bennett visited the museum shortly after it opened and stated it was the best museum he has experienced.