Darwin D. Martin House Visitor Center Buffalo, NY

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The Visitor Center provides support spaces for visitors to the Darwin D. Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright's residential complex in Buffalo, New York. Programs housed in the Visitor Center include exhibition space and permanent galleries. TMA's design seeks to enhance the Martin House through contrast rather than imitation. The Visitor Center reinterprets the Martin House to expose the structural, infrastructural, and programmatic relationships of the historic building, while continuing Wright's lifelong interest in innovation through the exploration of new materials, technologies, and techniques. The inverted hip roof of the Visitor Center, for example, both references the form of Wright's building and allows uninterrupted viewing of the Martin House. The glass facade of the Visitor Center reflects the public nature of the building's program and contrasts with the introversion of Wright's design. 

The Visitor Center has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Review, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, Architect's Newspaper, Architect, and Azure Magazine.


Design Team:
Toshiko Mori FAIA
Sonya Lee AIA
Alexandra Barker AIA

Structural Engineer:
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP

Civil Engineer:
Watts Architecture and Engineering P.C.

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection:
Landmark Facilities Group, Inc.

Landscape Architect:
Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP

Construction Manager:

Lighting Designer:
Arup Lighting

Facade Consultant:
Front Inc.

Film, Exhibition and Graphic Design:
2x4 Inc.

Geotechnical Engineering:
John P. Stopen Engineering

Environmental Engineer:
O’Brien & Gere

Specifications Consultant:
Donald Baerman, AIA, Architect, LLC


2nd photograph © Paul Warchol - all other photographs © Iwan Baan

Location Buffalo, NY
Owner Martin House Restoration Corporation
Program Visitor Center
Size 7,775 sqf.