CHILDREN'S MUSEUM AND THEATER OF MAINE Portland, ME
A treasured institution that has as many adult fans as it does children who squeal with delight at the prospect of a visit, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine looked to the team of Bruner Cott Architects and Lemon Brooke Landscape Architects to design an all new facility on a reclaimed riverside site in the city of Portland. Currently in an urban setting without space for a robust outdoor exhibit, Lemon Brooke worked with the museum staff, exhibit designers, Hands-On, project engineers and the architects to design a dynamic landscape that would respond to the prevailing site conditions, the brownfield remediation expectations, and the program for the Museum’s expanding role in the region. Walking a fine line between too much and too little structure, the outdoor environment balances the museum’s need for flexibility while maximizing the functionality of the space through permanent features that can withstand and exploit on the intense changes of the seasons. A priority that runs throughout the design at every scale is the acknowledgement of the regional landscape aesthetic and site specificity. A brownfield site, the remediation is treated as a design opportunity for creating a meaningful cultural experience that also has the capacity to advocate for the benefits of a cleaner environment.
CLIENT: Children's Museum and Theater of Maine
ARCHITECT: Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners