Interactive interrogation booths are among the highlights of the SPYSCAPE spy museum slated to open in Manhattan in December.
The attraction which focuses on cyber security and espionage is being developed by British investment group, Archimedia.
The 60,000 square-foot museum will feature a range of experiences as well as a collection of rare and authentic spy artefacts.
According to the museum’s architects, Adjaye Associates, the design ‘straddles the physical and digital worlds’. Intentionally disorientating to add a sense of mystery and menace, it features materials such as smoked glass and dark grey acoustic panelling to create a ‘shadowy, enigmatic environment’.
SPYSCAPE multimedia pavilions focus on hacking, code-breaking, interrogation and more
Visitors will enter the museum through a vaulted light canopy. From here, partially-obscured circulation spaces lead to seven pavilions and immersive multimedia environments. Digital displays appear on screens, tables, walls and even floors.
Each pavilion is focused on one particular aspect of spying. These include hacking, interrogation and code breaking.
Former members of the intelligence services are believed to have been involved with the project to ensure authenticity.
The museum says it presents the information from a neutral standpoint, encouraging visitors to ‘question everything’:
‘You’ll learn from the best, from the team who cracked the Enigma, to the man who brought down the FBI’s most damaging traitor, to a teenager who hacked the CIA’s website.’
Visitors’ performance will be monitored by a special profiling system, devised by the Head of Training for British Intelligence. This will reveal which spy role they’re most suited to.
The museum will also contain a café, private event space, and a shop selling books about espionage.
Images courtesy Adjaye Associates