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Sneak peek: Adjaye's spy museum in New York

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Adjaye Associates has released images of a spy museum it is designing in Manhattan, New York 

The 5,574m² museum, called Spyscape, will include a range of interactive exhibition spaces contained within several pavilions, each with a different design – one features a weathered steel drum with curved panelling.

Lucy Tilly, associate director of Adjaye Associates, said the practice’s proposals challenged the ’traditional museum typology with a design that embraces state-of-the-art interactive technology to create a visitor experience that truly straddles the physical and digital worlds’.

The museum is expected to complete in 2017. 

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Source: Adjaye Associates


Architect’s view

Adjaye Associates’ design draws from the architectural language of the most significant spy organisations, integrating distinctive bespoke features such as smoked glazed doors and interactive video walls with a distinctive ambient material palette that includes bespoke fibre cement, dark gray acoustic panelling, and black linoleum. Varied lighting strategies, transparencies between floors, and screens and perforations establish spaces that continually shift users’ vantage points and prioritise the experience of discovery.

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