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Adjaye’s Harlem children’s museum opens

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The children’s museum within Adjaye Associates’ Sugar Hill housing project in Harlem New York opens to the public on Saturday

The museum is the final part of the 13-storey scheme which also includes 124 flats, a pre-school, and offices for the housing association.

Located at the base of the rose-embossed pre-cast concrete panelled building, the museum is accessed from a large landscaped public plaza on St Nicholas Avenue.

The 1,675m2 Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling contains exhibition and performance spaces and a studio for an artist-in-residence.

Susan Delvalle, director of Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling: ‘Sugar Hill, with its rich cultural and intellectual history, is a truly inspiring place and the perfect home for New York City’s newest children’s museum.

‘In partnership with David Adjaye and other world-renowned artists, we have designed a welcoming space for children of all communities to come together to tell their stories, create meaningful art and foster creativity at an important stage in their development.’

Adjaye, added: ‘I am very excited to see the Sugar Hill Museum open to the public this week. It represents the completion of this building and captures the spirit of the project’s aspiration to reinvent the social housing model. Offering a holistic approach to the needs of the Sugar Hill community, the building has an integrated cultural program, which places childhood development and art at its centre.

I am thrilled to see this wonderful first exhibition illuminate not only the galleries but the whole neighbourhood. This is the moment when the building really comes to life.’

Adjaye's Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling

Adjaye’s Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling

Project data

Location Harlem, New York
Type of project museum with affordable housing
Architect Adjaye Associates
Client Broadway Housing Communities
Area 52,146m2 (total) 1,675m2  (museum)
Contractor Mountco Construction and Development
Architect of record SLCE Architects
Structural engineer Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C.
Mechanical engineer Rodkin Cardinale, P.C.
Facade consultant Israel Berger & Associates
LEED consultant Steve Winters Associates
Landscape architect Rader + Crews
Owner’s representative Zubatkin Owner Representation

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