Vesterheim Commons is taking shape on Water Street in Decorah. With 7,600 square feet spread across three levels and almost an acre of surrounding landscaped patio, this building project physically links the past and the future, connects the museum collection to the Folk Art School, and enriches the Vesterheim visitor experience for those coming to Decorah or participating digitally through a new video and photography production studio.

All good projects start with proper planning, and Vesterheim Commons could not have progressed without the knowledge, creativity, and expertise of the architects, landscape architects, engineers, and consultants who gave a solid start and met every challenge along the way, exceeding expectations! As it nears completion, we are grateful for the partnerships that made these dreams take shape.

Read further to learn about the design team – Snøhetta, BNIM, MBJ, Morrissey, and McGough – who helped create Vesterheim Commons and the specific ways they connected to the project.

This article is from Vesterheim, Vol. 20, No. 2. The magazine is a benefit of a Vesterheim membership. For more articles like this, join now here to receive new issues twice each year!