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.
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.
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.
SPYSCAPE will open to the public in december 2017