Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Connecticut

Large green roof with lawn, shrubs and walkways
project profile data
Area: ca. 7,000 m²
Construction year: 1998
Architect/Design: Architects Polshek and Partners, New York
Landscape architect: Dan Kiley
System build-up: Floradrain® FD 60 on inverted roof
Project report

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Centre was built on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Connecticut. It is the world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research centre. The facility was designed to interact with its surrounding environment and to maintain the ecological integrity of the area by embracing the tree line and existing topography. Due to the large size of the facility (ca. 28,600 m²), the Tribe wanted a seamless transition between the museum roof and the adjacent marshland, a 500 acre (200 ha) wetland of significant historical and cultural importance to the Mashantucket Pequot community. The green roof is approximately ca. 7,000 m² and covers all of the permanent museum exhibit buildings.

  • Terrace with trees and plant beds and view to the adjacent forest
    The facility was designed to interact with its surrounding environment.
  • Man mowing grass on a green roof
    The green roof with its lawn requires intensive maintenance.
  • Skylights on a lawn and a pergola with climbing plants
    Glass skylights are the only hint to the extensive exhibition facilities below.
  • Lawn with seating area and patio umbrellas
    Seating is provided in different areas for visitors to rest.
  • Pathway leading through green roof with shrubs and lawn
    A subtly lit path leads visitors down from the roof into the adjacent forest.