SKOLNICK provided complete architectural and exhibit design services for the Children’s Museum of the East End in the Hamptons. Using a variety of exhibit techniques to encourage children ages 3 months and their families to explore their world through the theme of “journey”, visitors to the Museum learn about local and natural history through immersive environments such as a magical bedroom, a tree house, a village store, a potato chip factory, a musical forest, a fishing boat, and many more.
The building takes as its inspiration the indigenous Long Island Potato Barn. It emerges out of bermed earth, thereby reducing its apparent volume and utilizing the insulating properties of the ground. Extensive site planning and landscape design features were utilized to create an environment where a broad range of outdoor programming activities can take place. For example, the grounds include a maze garden and an outdoor amphitheater for performances and film screenings.