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Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture

  • 01:00 - 31 August, 2011
Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture
Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture, © Mark Richards
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mountain View, CA, United States
  • Architect

    Mark Horton / Architecture
  • Project Team

    Mark Horton, Principal; Daniel Mason, Project Architect
  • Exhibition Designer

    Van Sickle & Rolleri, Ltd.
  • Exhibition Project Team

    Dennis Van Sickle, Principal; John Hutchinson, Project Designer
  • Structural Engineer

  • Mep And Fire Protection Engineer

    WSP – Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting Designer

  • Restaurant Consultant

    Modern Taste
  • Exhibition Fabricator

    Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
  • Fabricator Project Team:

    Jerry Spangler, Partner in charge; Duane Landes, Project Manager
  • General Contractor

    MAI Industries, Inc.
  • Contractor Project Team

    Chris Dettner, Project Manager; Barry Paxton, Vice Principal in Charge
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Michael Stocker Associates
  • Av Specification

    Electrosonic, Inc.
  • Av Integration

    Bowen Technologies
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Meyers Restaurant Supply, Inc.
  • Code Consultant

     The Preview Group, Inc.
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The birthplace of Pong. The home of Facebook. The epicenter of the Cloud.

© Mark Richards
© Mark Richards

Mark Horton / Architecture (MH/A)'s renovation of an existing former Silicon Graphics office building in Mountain View, California, into the new home of the Computer History Museum is genius loci made physical.

The transformation of the first floor of the building into a new entrance hall and orientation theater, a café and bookstore, and a 25,000 sqf exhibition space housing Revolution : The First 2000 Years of Computing is the perfect re-use of a formerly high-flying computer company in the perfect location.

© Mark Richards
© Mark Richards

Surrounded by a who's who of computing - Google, Apple, HP, Cisco- the Computer History Museum attempts to document a work-in-progress. Exhibiting everything from an ENIAC to an Enigma Machine, from an early (wooden) computer mouse (1963) to the first mechanical and programmable computer - the Babbage Difference Engine (designed in 1821), and from an Apple 1 to a Palm Pilot, the museum is a testament to the exponential evolution of computing and the truth of Moore's Law.

© Mark Richards
© Mark Richards

The architectural transformation of the front portion of the existing building into an inviting and sophisticated lobby is the initial experience of the museum-goer. Semi-public amenities, including a café and a bookstore, reinforce this initial impression. An orientation theater and a transitional connection to the exhibition space move the visitor along to the 25,000 sf exhibition space.

© Mark Richards
© Mark Richards

Computers pervade our world today. MH/A feels lucky to have made its mark

on that world.

© Mark Richards
© Mark Richards
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