Children’s Museum’s Rooftop Performance Space Gets High-Tech Roof


Work is continuing on the Children’s Museum’s new rooftop pavilion. The structure is made of a high-tech material that is lighter and more durable than glass and is non-stick so dirt falls off on its own. It is part of an $8.7 million renovation of the 20,000 square foot space that is due to be completed next year. When the space is completed, the museum will be able to rent the space for revenue-generating events as well as it own performance program according to the Daily News.

Museum president Mindy Diaz told the News, “next summer we invite everyone to join us on the rooftop for our signature family programs and performances — celebrating music, dance, nature and play.”

The structure, designed by Toshiko Mori Architect, was one of the 2010 winners of the New York City Public Design Commission Award for Excellence in Design. The firm is using Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene, a translucent plastic material for the roof that is only 1 percent as heavy as glass. It costs 70 percent less to install than glass and can bear 400 times its weight. The museum plans to hold its May gala in the space.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is Installing an $8.7 million High-Tech Canopy [NY Daily News]
Past and Present: Brooklyn Children’s Museum [Brownstoner]

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