Architects: Polshek Partnership (Ennead Architects)
- Area : 379000 ft²
- Year : 2000
Photographs :Jeff-Goldberg, Richard-Barnes, Aislinn-Weidele
Manufacturers : Island Exterior Fabricators, TriPyramid
- Design Partners : James S. Polshek, Todd H. Schliemann
- Partner In Charge : Joseph L. Fleischer
- Project Manager : Tyler H. Donaldson
- Senior Designer : David Wallance
- Project Architect : Kala Somvanshi
- Core Design Team : Judi Bauer, John Jordan, John Lowery, Craig McIlhenny, V. Guy Maxwell, Charmian Place, William Van Horn, Matt Viederman, Jo Walker
- Design Team : Hau Hsu, Charlene Andreas, Lawrence Zeroth, Anya Bokov, Ruth Berktold, Kathleen Smith, Dorota Szwem, Lelia Gilchrist, Marius Gailin, John Fernandez, Carlos Espinosa, Maria Cruz, Greg Clawson, Minsuk Cho, Elina Cardet, William Truitt, Marco Salcedo, Michael Regan, Jason Johnson, Lori Brown, Dori Raskin, Charles Brainerd, Don Weinreich, Joseph Puma, Francelle Lim, J. Massey, Kate Mann, Craig Mutter, Mark Thaler
- Mep, Fire Protection : Altieri Sebor Wieber
- Curtainwall : Heitmann & Associates
- Tension Structure : TriPyramid Structures Inc.
- Landscape (Park And Plaza) : Judith Heintz
- Water Features : Gerald Palevsky
- Graphics : Pentagram Design
- Theater : Auerbach + Associates
- Color : Donald Kaufman Color
- Specifications : Construction Specifications Inc.
- Life Safety : Rolf Jensen & Associates, Performance Technology Consulting Ltd.
- Security : Sako & Associates
- Computer Graphics : dbox inc.
- Parking : Edison Parking Management
- Hazardous Materials : Galson Consulting
- Building Preservation : Archa Technology
- Historic Research : Higgins & Quasebarth
- Glass Maintenance Systems : Entek Engineering
- Code Consulting : Jerome S. Gillman Consulting
- City : New York
- Country : United States
Text description provided by the architects. 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.
Exhibits are integrated with the architecture and the larger sequence throughout the building to créate a seamless union of structure, form and function. A clear and flexible sequence of spaces and educational experiences begins with the building itself, whose structure, skin and systems are models of the most advanced technologies made accessible by means of both the literal and metaphoric transparency of the design.
In concert with the building, hands-on exhibits, interactive experiences, pervasive technology, media and real-time feeds facilitate learning at every level, dramatizing the study of earth and space and attracting adults and children to participate physically and intellectually in the education and exhibition programs.
The cube is a bold, striking contrast to the designated landmark complex. The building contributes to thesocial and environmental stability of its urban precinct by completing the Museum’s north side,restoring a public park and creating a new public outdoor space.