This sculptural addition to the University of Alaska evokes the imagery of the state’s mountains, coastlines, and glaciers. The Museum of the North Expansion was designed by the U.S.-based architecture firm HGA, and uses four abstract forms – angled, curved, tipped and cantilevered – to echo the native topography. Horizontal layering is also incorporated into the design to represent Alaska’s shifting tectonic plates. The façade is clad in custom pearlescent-white aluminum composite panels with mica flakes, to subtly capture and reflect Fairbanks’ varied light patterns. In addition, in the museum’s heart is a sculptural lobby with two-storey windows that frame the Alaska Range, Mount McKinley, and the Tanana River Valley.