The architectural form and the urban strategy of the site resulted from an analysis of "time" and "speed". Various temporal programmatic and formal elements were analyzed in terms of time and speed performance. This mapping generated a topographic model that lent to structure and spacial possibilities of the site. Intensities of graphics in relation to program translated into the museum programmatic relationships and formal strategy.
The program of the museum-collective memory [i.e. art, architecture and design also lent to the form of the building. Each discipline has its own form and identity yet fits seamlessly into the overall building mass of the museum. The administrative, studios and workshops are located adjacent to the exhibition spaces but have access to the exhibition plaza and museum vaults. All museum spaces although seemingly separate, all flow and connect to the one another.
Mass wall system employed in the design of the building is a passive solar design, where some of the natural processes can be managed through building design in a manner that helps heat and cool the building. The basic natural processes that are used in passive solar energy flows associated with radiation, conduction, and natural convection. When solar energy strikes a building, the building materials can reflect, transmit or absorb the solar radiation.