The American Computer Museum, located in Bozeman, Montana, is located in a small strip mall on the north side of town. The space is small and the sequence of the museum is a traditional display of computer “objects”. Our design challenge was to move the museum to a more appealing and accessible location, re-format the layout of the museum and add supplemental program to increase attendance at the museum. I chose a long, skinny site in north downtown Bozeman, next to the former railroad station. This area of Bozeman is brimming with contemporary housing and commercial development.
The concept of the Waste-to-Food Museum was to tell the story of modern technology in the form of sustainable agriculture. As agriculture and farming is of particular interest in the Gallatin Valley, the idea was sparked to increase the visitor audience beyond the usual academic visitors. The program included a coffee shop, interior vertical rotating garden, community gardens, computer-waste recycling center and computer museum.