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Grand Rapids Art Museum (Gram)

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2007 saw the inauguration of the new Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) designed by Thai born architect Kulapat Yantrasast, co-founder with fellow architect Yo-ichiro Hakomori of the LA-based wHY architecture practice. Established in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA) in 1910, the GRAM is home to modern European and American art, design and ethnic art collections. From the outset, the new architectural project was predicated on achieving recognition for environmental sustainability and architectural excellence.
The lead donation came with the unconditional specification that the building attain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating and be an outstanding piece of architecture. The GRAM is the first art museum to obtain such green certification. The project has numerous strengths. The majority of the construction materials were either recycled (20% of the total...

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