CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN: America to Zanzibar Muslim Cultures Near and Far | 2016
CLIENT: Children's Museum of Manhattan

LOCATION: New York, New York
AREA: 3,500 GSF
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: MIIM Designs
EXHIBITION DESIGN: Roto | CMOM Staff
INTERACTIVE DESIGN:  Collab: Fabrication Lab & Innovation Studio
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Tarek Atrissi | Afsoon Talai
ACADEMIC LEAD ADVISOR: Hussain Rashid, PhD
STATUS: Built

CONCEPT: With only 3,500 sq feet available to us, we had to transform a space that would be of representation to over 1 Billion Muslim Cultures and Societies, and create a space that was child friendly, historical, easy to understand and engaging. The spaces are to be unified by a common “ribbon” like element that blurs the design elements together. The common “ribbon” can easily transform its shape,  material and identity through a easily common design transition. The“ribbon” concept, allows for the whole Muslim culture to celebrate and be packaged on common themes. Within this “blurring-ribbon theme”, there are boundaries outlining and indication of celebrating the similarities and the difference between each Muslim Culture. Each area will celebrate a specific architectural element or culture.
 
GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM: The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts the MetLife Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, the El-Hibri Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Board of Directors and scores of individuals. Citywide programs are funded by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Mark-Viverito