Childrens Museum of the Arts
After 20 years in a tight space near Chinatown, New York City’s beloved Children’s Museum of the Arts secured a new space three times the size of their previous location, giving the CMA an opportunity to reinterpret the best parts of their current museum and add the new programs they had long desired.
The spaces are organized around a large central gallery that gives CMA a new major exhibition and event space. Around the “white boxes” of the gallery and classrooms smaller spaces are transformed into highly specific ‘moments’ through a “color wheel” that identifies the different programs.
The existing configuration of the space, an old loading dock, is used to organize the different flows of people. Upon entering the museum, the ‘7 and up’ kids can access the art gallery on the upper level, along with the classrooms, art studios and media lab.
At the lower level, the younger kids and their parents go through the “stroller parking garage” to the Wee arts studio. Dedicated to toddlers, it includes a brightly colored upholstered “quiet room”.
Spanning above the entrance, and part of the color band, a bridge features graffiti art and links to the museum’s famous Ball Pond; a green circular structure highly visible to the entrance and the outside.
The claymation-oriented media lab’s vestibule is the “clay bar” –where a bartender will serve modeling clay to kids. In the Art Studios, a large circular ‘sink-o-rama’ transforms the act of washing hands into a fun experience.
The new CMA is designed to inspire children to both make art and learn about it: a place where production and presentation of art occur seamlessly.
(text from architects' website)
Contributed by ArchiTeam
1 to Houston Street. Walk south on Varick St, right on Charlton St. C/E to Spring Street. Walk west on Vandam, right on Hudson St, left on Charlton St. B/D/F/M/A/C/E to West 4th. Approx 10 minute walk. Use West 3rd St exit, walk south on 6th Ave, right on West Houston, left on Hudson St, right on Charlton St.
M20, up Hudson St or down Varick St
By Path Train
From the Christopher Street Station, walk west on Hudson, right on Charlton St.
From the east side, travel west on Houston Street, make left on Varick St, right on Charlton St.
From the west side, if you are going northbound, take the West Side Hwy; exit on Spring St, make left on Hudson St, left on Charlton St. If you are southbound, take the West Side Hwy; exit on Clarkson St, make a right on Washington St, left on Spring St, left on Hudson St and left on Charlton St.
There is street parking, as well as a parking lot on Greenwich and Charlton Sts.
Client: Children’s Museum of the Arts
Built Area: 1050 sqm
Cost: €2.1 Million (US$2.8 million)
Photos: Ari Marcopoulos
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