Taking a walk around the Northside between the austere brick buildings and the quiet sidewalks on a grey Pittsburgh day, you notice that the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh shines. It’s clearly a place full of life—you feel it even before entering—where an inclusive environment unfolds ideas and experiences to help visitors better understand our world. It’s a place for kid's to grow, take leaps, and grow some more—and where even adults can be reminded about how learning can be fun and spontaneous. When we think about the CMP, we think exciting, sensory, and meaningful—a place to make and learn in some of the most inspiring spaces in Pittsburgh.
A+L was hired by CMP without a specific project in mind. Not wanting to upset what's working, but having an inkling about what could make things better, Arscott + Liadis analyzed the existing space and collaborated with museum staff to develop a series of projects that improve the lobby's function for ALL of the inhabitants.
The immediate project includes:
\\ modification of the existing RAMP - materials, light, axis
\\ FRONT DESK rehab and relocation - orientation, ergonomics
\\ suspended POETIC SIGNAGE - multimedia, kinetic, filmic
\\ expressive and functional ACOUSTIC SYSTEM - dynamic, experiential