Nov 15, 2021

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has used a “beautiful ruin” built in 1886 to carve out some space for a new generation. The space is called MuseumLab, where kids 10 and over can explore funky art installations, weave on a loom, sew a sneaker, emboss metal and even “hang around” on a three-story art piece made with rope woven around the framework of the steel bookshelves of this former library.

Project in Pictures: Child's PlayThe design team, which included Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Iams Consulting and lighting designer Lam Partners, brought this late 19th century building up to date for today’s inquiring young minds.
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Project in Pictures: Child's PlayLED track lighting from Spectrum reveals much of the original archways, columns and mosaic floors. Two types of track fixtures offered CRIs of 83 and 89 and quick-twist optics for field adjustment.
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Project in Pictures: Child's PlayThis Spectrum Schoolhouse shade has a classic RLM look and was utilized in the open space foyer and pendant-mounted for stability. Photos: Courtesy of Spectrum

 

Project in Pictures: Child's PlayLabs and classrooms are outfitted with 22-in. aluminum high bays selected for their clean, smooth lines on the housing, and the industrial feel they bring to the open ceiling area.
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Project in Pictures: Child's PlayIn the “Chromatic Passage,” RLM luminaires on exposed brick walls add to the industrial motif.
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