Pittsburgh, US | 2001


Pittsburgh is a city of bridges, both physical and spiritual. This characteristic is at once a historic feature and a potential model for future building. The present isolation of the site of the new Children's Center calls for the implementation of a general conception of bridging at many scales and towards many ends. Thus architecture will be enlisted to join diverse communities, neighborhoods and people of all ages. Traditional museum design has generally fostered closed and static architecture; monuments separated from the public and the life of the city. We propose a building that is at once light and inviting. A place of activity and flow that will stimulate in children new forms of perception and activities in a real world setting that only innovative architecture can provide. Hovering over the site, the new museum will establish Allegheny Center as a focal point for the joy of childhood, the rejuvenation of the neighborhoods surrounding the museum and as a critical link to the stadia and developments along the river's edge.

Project Info

Size: 60,000 sq ft  |  Type: Offices  |  Structure: Concrete Glass


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Nona Yehia, Jefferson Ellinger


Interns and Assistants

Akira Nakamura, Shizuko Takeyama, Khalid Waterson, Damon Van Horn, Gernot Riether

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