Walt Crimm
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BAYANZAG OMNIGOBI MUSEUM

BAYANZAG OMNIGOBI MUSEUM

 

As the epicenter for discovering dinosaur fossils, this site 150 miles from the nearest paved road is the ultimate field trip. While many of these fossils are admired in major museums all over the world, their repatriation is creating new opportunities as a major community development project for the nomadic people of the Gobi desert. The planning and design imagines a ‘way off the grid’ museum built with local materials and labor shaded by a one acre canopy of solar panels.

 
 
IMAGE CREDIT: WALT CRIMM

IMAGE CREDIT: WALT CRIMM

 
 
 

Visiting this site where the calving cliffs expose new finds every year inspired a design that is local, simple and yet iconic as a destination.

 
 
 

“Working with Walt on our community-based museum project has been a very positive experience. Our project has a unique set of challenges, given that it is in a remote area of the Gobi Desert of Mongolia where there is little to no infrastructure. Throughout the project, Walt has listened intently to our concerns and prioritized these into the planning process. We have a saying in Mongolia "that person has the backbone of a king", which means you can trust that person and their promises. That phrase describes Walt exactly.”

– BOLOR MINJIN, FOUNDING DIRECTOR