SPYSCAPE: interactive spy museum by david adjaye set to open in new york

SPYSCAPE: interactive spy museum by david adjaye set to open in new york

david adjaye has revealed plans for a spy museum in new york, which is set to open in december 2017. located in midtown manhattan, the institution seeks to immerse visitors in the secretive universe of espionage through storytelling and customized experiences. titled ‘SPYSCAPE’, the 60,000 square foot building comprises a series of pavilions, which each house exhibition spaces concentrated on seven distinct spy-themes. within the scheme, partially obscured circulation spaces open up into interactive multi-media environments.

david adjaye spyscape spy museum new york 10 17 2017
all images courtesy of adjaye associates

 

 

adjaye associates’ design references the interiors of the significant spy organizations, with smoked glazed doors and interactive video walls used throughout. the remainder of the material palette includes fiber cement, dark gray acoustic paneling, and black linoleum. meanwhile, one of the exhibition pavilions takes the form of a weathered steel drum with curved paneling. a further sense of intrigue and discovery is established through varied lighting strategies, transparencies between floors, and screens and perforations designed to shift users’ vantage points.

david adjaye spyscape spy museum new york 10 17 2017
the spy museum seeks to immerse visitors in the secretive universe of espionage

 

 

‘it has been exciting to work with a client as truly innovative as SPYSCAPE,’ says lucy tilly, associate director of adjaye associates. ‘thanks to their forward-thinking vision, we have been able to challenge 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 set to open in december 2017, with bookings available via SPYSCAPE’s website.

david adjaye spyscape spy museum new york 10 17 2017
SPYSCAPE will open to the public in december 2017

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  • The Americans have their own spy museums in New York City, of course. This is definitely NOT the first spy museum in New York City, obviously. They just DON’T tell the British about what they’ve got because of all that loose lips stuff and that, and they never, ever will. Unlike the blabbermouth British and their movie spy mythology. This is a private affair like The Smithsonian and all others like that. It is, however, a generally somewhat nice looking place in a couple of pictures from what little the pictures show. Maybe even worth a visit.

    MODERN KILLER MAGAZINE
    Feb 17, 2018

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