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  7. Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

  • 13:00 - 28 November, 2015
Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center  / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership , © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe + 10

        • Design Principal

          Jo Ann Secor
        • Project Architect

          Larry Sassi, AIA
        • Project Manager

          Scott Briggs, AIA
        • LHSA+DP Project Team

          Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA
        • Managing Principal

          Scott Briggs, AIA; Larry Sassi, AIA; Ted Klingensmith
        • Exhibit Design/Interpretive Team

          Lee H. Skolnick
        • Director of Museum Services

          Scott Briggs, Christina Ferwerda, Yun Chu Chou, Curt Meissner, Jethro Rebollar, Tugce Zaloglu
        • Graphic Design Team

          Christina Lyons, Dan Ownbey, Alyssa Liegel, Daphne Smith
        • Exhibit Consultant

          Paul Orselli
        • Associate Architect

          A&A Architects
        • Structural Engineer

          Strukto, BIPAK, Ltd.
        • MEP/FP Engineer

          Termoklima, Dikras
        • Landscape Architect

          Studio Gurkov
        • Lighting Designer

          Available Light, Nikan Bulgaria
        • Interior Designer

          LHSA+DP
        • Contractor

          Bigla III Ltd.
        • Constr Manager

          Bigla III Ltd.
        • LEED Consultant

          Triple Green Building Group LLC, Green Building Group LLC
        • Acoustical Design

          Jaffe Holden
        • Drawings & plans

          Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
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        © Roland Halbe
        © Roland Halbe

        Muzeiko, located in Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia, is the first children’s museum to be built in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Representing the culmination of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership’s decades of experience with museum and exhibition design, it is also the culmination of the firm's collaboration with its client, the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

        © Roland Halbe
        © Roland Halbe

        Organized conceptually as a journey moving through time and space, visitors can explore three levels of exhibits in the 35,000-square-foot (3,250 m2) LEED Gold facility. On the lowest level, children explore “The Past” through exhibits interpreting archaeology, geology and paleontology.

        Ground Floor Plan
        Ground Floor Plan

        The ground floor is “The Present,” represented by hands-on exhibits about the natural environment and contemporary cities. The top floor is dedicated to “The Future” with interactive exhibitions exploring cutting-edge technologies and space travel. Interactivity also extends to the site, which includes a science playground, a green roof and rooftop climbing wall, a rain garden, outdoor activity space and an amphitheater. 

        © Roland Halbe
        © Roland Halbe

        The museum’s architectural theme, “Little Mountains,” is an allusion to Bulgaria’s mountainous topography. The structure’s glass volume is interrupted by three sculptural forms, or mountains, each referencing through its color scheme and texture indigenous craft traditions in the country.

        First Floor Plan
        First Floor Plan

        One mountainous form features abstracted patterns inspired by textiles and embroidery, another by glazed ceramics, and the third by traditional wood carving. The museum utilizes large areas of glass to reveal the interior and creating the feeling of openness and transparency about the activity inside, in contrast with most Bulgarian museums that appear imposing and monumental.

        © Roland Halbe
        © Roland Halbe

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        Cite: "Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership " 28 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/777845/muzeiko-childrens-science-discovery-center-lee-h-skolnick-architecture-plus-design-partnership/> ISSN 0719-8884
        © Roland Halbe

        Muzeiko儿童科学探索中心 / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

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