Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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A new entry and exhibition space connect a national register 1890s post office with a 1939 planetarium, highlighting the two historic stone landmarks with a contrasting steel and glass-framed space.

 

A fluttering sunshade, a collaboration with artist Ned Khan, moves in the wind, shades the glass, and signifies a place of discovery.

When completed, the Museum was the largest LEED Silver museum in the country and the first for children, featuring adaptive reuse, recycled materials, and passive shading.

 

Today, the Museum continues to contribute to sustained social change in a low income, underserved neighborhood. A children’s park was added in 2012, and the MuseumLAB (also designed by KoningEizenberg) now occupies the neighboring historic Carnegie Library, housing teen maker space, non-profit offices, and a charter middle school.

 

STATUS
Completed 2005

LOCATION
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CLIENT
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

PROGRAM
80,000 SF Expansion and Remodel

SELECTED AWARDS + RECOGNITION
2007  Rudy Bruner Gold Medal Award
2006  National Preservation Honor Award
2006  AIA National Honor Award for Architecture
2006  AIA California Council Honor Award
2006  AIA Los Angeles Honor Award
2006  AIA Pittsburgh Honor Award
2006  AIA Pittsburgh Green Design Citation
2006  ID Design Distinction Award
2006  National Historic Trust for Preservation Honor Award
2005  Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award


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