Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Kids here have been through so much, parents losing jobs and homes, factories and schools closing, that a vibrant, exciting, entertaining and educational place just for them took on greater urgency. Community leaders had long believed that the region needed more positive, interactive activities for young families as a way of improving the area’s quality of life and making it more attractive to people and businesses looking to relocate. A compelling museum in the heart of the city helped achieve that goal.
~ Angela Barris, Museum President & CEO

Evanston Public Library:  Children’s Library

Evanston Public Library: Children’s Library

Making Room for Growth
With collections exceeding capacity and unanticipated citywide increase in juvenile population, the Evanston Public Library had little room to grow. This challenging renovation reconfigured and re-envisioned the formal library, transforming it into a literary children’s garden of delights.

Children’s Museum of Austin – The Thinkery

Children’s Museum of Austin – The Thinkery

Song of Korea Traveling Initiative

Song of Korea, an evocative and engaging exhibit, brings Korea’s sounds, rhythms, and traditions to a national audience of children’s museum visitors. Funded by the Freeman Foundation, this traveling exhibit provides opportunities to explore one of Asia’s cultures in a hands-on, interactive way.

Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex

Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex

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.

Alliance Française de Chicago: Chez Kids Academy

Alliance Française de Chicago: Chez Kids Academy

The design is totally French; this inviting environment allows children to discover their inner Molière!
~ Jack McCord, Director, Alliance Française de Chicago.

Alliance Française de Chicago: High School Cybercafé

Alliance Française de Chicago: High School Cybercafé

Immersive Cultural Study Space for Teens
Designed specifically for high school students, the Cybercafé learning center encourages interactive French-language acquisition.

Evanston Public Library:  Teen Loft

Evanston Public Library: Teen Loft

Carving Out Room and Resource For Teens
Wow. This is the first time I’ve been in here and I love it! It’s so teenagerish. I really wish my room looked like this!  You’re kidding, teens helped design this?!  I didn’t know cool stuff like that went on.
~ Evanston High School Senior

Exploration Station

Exploration Station

Exploratory Vista
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.

Evangelical Free Church of Naperville

Evangelical Free Church of Naperville

The Children’s House
The mandate from the pastor and members of the congregation was that the new Children’s House for the Evangelical Free Church of Naperville be a purpose-driven destination.

City of Chicago Ogden Park & Regional Playground

City of Chicago Ogden Park & Regional Playground

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.