Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed its designs for the El Paso Children’s Museum, unveiled in a groundbreaking on the museum’s location in downtown El Paso, Texas.
Described as a “light-filled, lofty and playful museum”, El Paso Children’s Museum is a four-storey, cloud-like attraction set across 70,000 square feet.
It will be the first purpose-built children’s museum in El Paso, and is a collaboration between the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso.
“The architecture reveals itself as a cloud, floating above the desert connecting all people in this important place, young and old alike,” said Snøhetta.
First purpose-built children’s museum in El Paso
The El Paso Children’s Museum will become a civic classroom and energy point, designed for open-ended and imaginative play and exploration.
Snøhetta is designing the museum with El Paso architects Exigo, and has added various outdoor exhibition spaces, including a terraced discovery garden, a space cut into the building’s roof and a cooling-mist playground.
Gyroscope is designing the exhibitions for the museum. The first floor will boast free exhibitions, as well as a café and the entrance to the learning landscape.
Museum exhibitions designed by Gyroscope
There will also be an incredible climbing structure, which spans the second to the fourth floor, as well as opportunities for hands-on play.
The upcoming attraction covers 30,000 square metres, and its façade has a futuristic steel aesthetic with illuminated calligraphy in Arabic.