A Hierarchy of Paradoxes
In this building we wish to present a hierarchy of paradoxes: paradoxes in the physical spaces that highlight and complement the paradoxes in the collection itself. Architecture itself is not intention- ally paradoxical, but inherently so; it is our hope that each guest can encounter and participate in some aspect, or nuances, of the spatial and conceptual paradoxes presented here.
The architecture of the museum draws upon both elements from the historic New York neighborhood and that of imagination and fancy, a subtle nod to the museum’s collection which explores the in- tersection of scientific history and speculative fiction. Located on a small lot previously occupied by two townhouses, the three-story building conforms to the urban fabric, while providing small mo- ments of surprise with its program. Highlights of the space include three galleries and a small event space that adapts to multiple functions.
The box in Schrödinger's experiment, as the central metaphor.
The core exhibit at the museum, Inside Boxes, features a comprehensive collection of objects related to Schrödinger's Cat. The architecture of the museum is specifically designed to accomodate the interactive experience of this exhibit.
The museum features several interlocking half levels that engages different programs, including:
Screening room/ event space
Large gallery space for BOXES exhibit Changing exhibitions galleries Storage, restrooms, etc.