Perkins Eastman | The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Perkins Eastman served as Executive Architect, with Koning Eizenberg, for the new and expanded Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The Museum now connects two historic buildings, the Old Post Office and the unoccupied Buhl Planetarium, with a new three-story structure that brings the expanded Museum to a total of 80,000 sf. A translucent screen wall surrounds the new addition to become a dramatic wind sculpture and illuminated landmark.

The seamless, flexible interior space features a veranda, a bookstore, and a café; three floors of exhibit space; classrooms, conference rooms, and a theater; and administrative space. Children can now tinker under the hood of a MINI Cooper and pound nails in the Garage Workshop, build a boat and set it sailing on a 53-foot waterway in Waterplay, and stage their own performances with costumes and makeup in the Theater. Creative interactive art works are located through the facility in exhibit spaces, public areas and corridors.

The Museum achieved LEED Silver Certification while incorporating the preservation of two important historic buildings. Photographs © Esto. All rights reserved.
AWARDS
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Buildy Award (2009)
Rudy Bruner Award, Gold Medal (2007)
Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award (2005)
Press
Interior DesignLEEDing the Way to Imagination and Exploration
MetropolisProject Play
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteChildren's Museum Expansion Epitomizes its Mission