Chicago Children’s Museum:  Playmaze

Chicago Children’s Museum: Playmaze

A Cityscape of Play
A fanciful metropolis, Playmaze encourages a child’s imagination in a context-rich and integrated environment. This 1,500 sf city is designed specifically for children under six years of age. Scale, proportion, color, and form create a “mini-city” that is safe while encouraging independence, physical manipulation, and investigation; all of which are essential to a child’s development.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Adventure with Babar, King of the Elephants

Chicago Children’s Museum: Adventure with Babar, King of the Elephants

The design is inspired by the heartwarming stories of the classic de Brunoff tales. Nostalgic snapshots of Babar’s travels are transformed into immersive, referential environments that transport children, age three to eight years old, and their families to places of adventure.

Louisville Science Center:  KidZone

Louisville Science Center: KidZone

Kids Are Natural Scientists
Children are experts at using play to experiment, discover, and inquire. Vehicles of exploration -the city bus, the two-story airplane, the ambulance, and the spaceship – are designed to incorporate role-playing and dramatic play, as well as providing zones for science-based learning.

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum

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

Art Institute of Chicago: Architecture Gallery

Art Institute of Chicago: Architecture Gallery

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.

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Faces of Time
For anyone who has ever imagined herself on the cover of Time Magazine, a larger-than-life TIME cover portal allowed museum-goers to be the new cover story. This playful element attracted visitors into the traveling exhibit gallery while introducing historical content. Sequences of cover portraits in various media, arranged chronologically and thematically, grouped protagonists in often-provocative relationships befitting the news media.

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center’s 15000 SF building is nestled within the wooded acreage of Topeka’s Gage Park, which encourages interaction indoors and out-of-doors.

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.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Designing for Blue Sky Moments
The Carlson Inquiry Center, named for the inventor of the Xerox machine, is a place where scientific inquiry and STEM-based learning unfold.

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

Architecture Is Fun captured the spirit of Brownsville and created a space that works beautifully. The design and layout of the museum flow effortlessly, encouraging learning, all the while making it great fun. Sharon and Peter did not miss a single thing…the museum floor, reception, offices and facilities are all beautiful and relevant. Their work puts children in charge of their own experiences in safe, efficient, and appropriate spaces.
~ Mary Rowe Henry, Executive Director, Brownsville Children’s Museum