The iconic sphere within a glass cube of the Rose Center for Earth and Space redefines this landmark cultural institution for the twenty-first century. The technical virtuosity and extreme clarity of the curtainwall, the soaring interior space and the articulated spatial experience inspire an appreciation of the wonders of our universe and the power of scientific inquiry. “The new Rose Center brings us face to face with something commensurate to our capacity for wonder... this is a mature modern building, a structure unafraid of revealing the deep roots from which modern architecture arose.”- Herbert Muschamp, Architecture Critic The building is designed as a visible expression of the science it contains. Transparency of the curtain wall demystifies and illuminates the cube’s contents, both enhancing the presence of the sphere and revealing its gravitational force to serve the institution’s goal to de-brick science.
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