Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago, IL | 2008
The New Chicago Children's Museum is a building that is elegantly integrated into Grant Park, akin to the inseparable relationship between tree root and ground. The Museum replaces a portion of an existing underground parking garage, thus allowing the entire project footprint to remain park land. Yet, with the grade change, and the building opening to the south, the design offers abundant openness and exposure to daylight.
The museum galleries are placed along a spiraling series of ramps and level floor areas. Atria extending over all gallery levels offer opportunities for climbing structures and exhibit designs which target physical activity, and the parkscape on the roof surfaces offer a graceful, universally accessible path to the Park.