The results of Designing a Louisville Children’s Museum, Revitalizing a Downtown Edge, an international ideas competition, were announced. Our submission was not chosen as the winner, but will be included in a slide show as part of an exhibition of the winning proposals being held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY. Having visited the 21c last October, we are very excited to be included in the exhibition, even as part of the slide show. You can find more information about the exhibition that is running through April 1 here.
The office of Ron Kwaske, Architect, proposed a new unfolding gem, crystallized into the heart of Louisville that would enlighten children of all ages. At the new Louisville Children’s Museum (LCM), children could explore facets of our evolution. The LCM is based on a series of ramps, serving as passages through time from agrarian to technological societies. From cultivating the earth to playing with large touch screens, the LCM would facilitate these multi-sensory experiences that encourage children to learn through play.
The development of children, types of play, and advancements in our society were all considered and integrated in the design process. With the ramps serving as passages through time, exhibitions that integrate various types of play and learning experiences would also deliver content about innovations throughout history. The ramps would be constructed as different kinds of bridges (e.g. rope, steel, wood), with the palette of the museum composed of primary colors slightly askew to provide a visually stimulating backdrop for exhibitions. Continue reading