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Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture

  • Architects: Mark Horton / Architecture
  • Location: Mountain View, CA, USA
  • 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: Citta
  • Mep And Fire Protection Engineer: WSP – Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting Designer: Lightswitch
  • 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: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Richards

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

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© 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.

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© 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.

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© 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.

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© Mark Richards

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

on that world.

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© Mark Richards
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