Lands of Discovery
The Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex & Children’s Museum Project, a 2000 square meter children’s entertainment and exploration-based complex was designed as a transformative measure to reclaim the unused rooftop above the bleachers of the highly visible, yet seldom used Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Rowing Stadium. Taking full advantage of the cultural habit of being outdoors all year round; this family-friendly complex was designed as a living green canopy in which distinct lands of discovery and creativity would flow.
On the Fly Play
Of all the special projects the Department of Aviation has been part of, this is the one that makes me “happy”.
~ Dennis Gurgone, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Department of Aviation, City of Chicago
The Kids On The Fly exhibit is designed to celebrate air travel, presenting young travelers with a hands-on playful introduction to aviation. Beyond its appeal as a welcome relief from airport delays and stopovers, the satellite is envisioned as a cultural amenity that enhances and encourages use of one of the world’s busiest airport.
Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality.
~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum
Architecture for Children
Architecture for Children transformed a normally solemn gallery into one of active engagement. Its curatorial goal was to present six architectural projects in a multi-generational way that children and adults would equally find of interest.
Designing branded, spirited, and interactive public spaces to invigorate and heighten the winery guest experience.
The proposed renovation will unify individual spaces as a singular branded environment, thereby elevating the guest experience and improve the functionality of each space. The renovation of Le Clos restaurant, the café, the cask room and the tasting took will add fresh appeal, convey an atmosphere of activity and heighten the world-class dining experience.
Exploration Station is a 10,000 SF museum inspired by the vision and spirit of this young institution and by the agrarian context of which it is a part. The ad-hoc collection of interconnected barn structures recalls the image of the Mid-Western farm but, through unexpected color combinations, whimsical windows, and a series of other details, it is clearly a container for play and learning. This impression is essential in order that the building be embraced by its community and identifiable to children.
Catch the Wave
The concept and identity of Burrito Beach as a Mexican Grill and Beach Club was defined, matching its goals for a large-scale rollout that catered to urban and suburban shopping locations. Catch the Wave graphic identity, social media, and signage worked well alongside the refreshing beach aesthetic.
Nurturing a Sense of Community Pride
Ogden Park opened to the public in 1905, as an innovative site providing relief from tenement living that sparked the development of other social properties across the country. One hundred years later, the family-centric design reconnects the park to its changing community, encourages visitation and enriches the Olmsted Brothers and Burnham’s original social program.