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Design Research Projects (DRPs)

Children's Museum

This project constructs a children's museum space by leveling the perception of the adult world with the children's world, juxtaposing conventional view of the adult world with the children the museum by blurring of the boundary of the two worlds. The project questions the relationship between the subject with the object that is constructed through experience and time, by weakening this relationship the project reach a new affective resonance.

The project is located in central Amsterdam along the Oosterdok canal bank side, existing water forms a forms a different layer to the ground, physically disconnecting the project from its urban fabric enables the possibility of creating multiple layers of pathways connecting the project to its new ground whiting the urban fabric of the city.



Traditionally enclosure and privet typologies disconnect external forces to create a stable interior, the museum frames the forces of the movements of water, land, adult and children traveling through the site to become part of the new ground. The result shapes a ground that amplifies an external force internally challenging the convention of the slabs of the building where the slabs gets created between the datum's of the water and lands, Such that multiple layers of pathways weave together yet never physically accessible to the other.





In a city dominated by object-buildings designed based on the conventional perception that an adults forms, the children's museum appears out of the context, its multiple layers archives a spatial displacement on its ground where the adult will have to be leveled with the children in the space in order to be able to walk through the space. As a result the slabs create a floor and ceiling with a height that weakens the boundary of the conventional perception with a point of conflict, resulting in blurring the perception and how the object is perceived by an adult. The galleries are imbedded in the ceiling where the children and adults have to go through the journey in order to see them, this is the space where both group interact and exchange how they perceive the objects around them.

The museum have 3 entrance; land entrance, water entrance and the mixture of the two. The boats can go through museum to see the galleries suspended from ceiling, the boats then elevated through the water elevator to the inside of the ceiling, then around the museum through a water canal route. The land entrance let the visitors go through one of the layers of the museum from the east side, the third entrance is located on the south side next to the boat entrance and its accessible either on foot or by getting dropped off from the boats route. Each entrance leads to a pathways where physically not accessible to other routes but they are weaved together into one space and are able to gives a different experience to the visitors traveling both on land and water.


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