US-based LEESER Architecture has won the international competition to design the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum in Yakutsk, Russia.

Leeser Architecture’s design had to meet strict scientific and cultural goals for the $18m project, with the aim of creating a museum which would house frozen woolly mammoths, permafrost galleries and other scientific and biological artefacts in the Siberian habitat where the remains have been found.

Leeser worked with Atelier 10 to acheive the important environmental goals. RWDI helped with wind and snow engineering requirements and Balmori Associates assisted on the landscape design.

It also created its winning design with structural engineers at Arup and Tillet Lighting Design and FDTdesign, which helped with graphics.

Other finalists included Antoine Predock (US), Massimilio Fuksas (Italy), SRL (Denmark) and YakuProekt (Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Russia).

By Penny Jones