The renovated family gallery is “super chill,” designed to be worthy of a child’s curiosity and adult admiration, demonstrating everyone is hard-wired for creativity. The whiteness of the space serves as a blank slate for artistic expression and media exploration, from new-age technologies, including a Smart Table™, projector and iPads, to traditional art-making. It is an environment rich in evocative objects and commissioned art installations that inspire active learning, choices, and social engagement. Both orientation and terminus, the discovery gallery is “the place” that frames museum visits.
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
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.
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.
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.
Immersive Cultural Study Space for Teens
Designed specifically for high school students, the Cybercafé learning center encourages interactive French-language acquisition.
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 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.