Following two years of development and international collaboration, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), the firm designed for Bulgaria, has announced that MUZEIKO, the children’s science discovery center officially open to visitors . Officially opening to the public on 30 September, 2015, the design development phase has recently been completed.
Selected from a shortlist of international firms, the practice was selected to design a children’s science discovery centre for the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. As one of the United States’ authorities on children’s museums and education design, the firm was tasked to transform a former college laboratory in the university precinct of Studentski-grad into an interactive learning destination for the children of the area.
The firm took inspiration from the surrounding topography of Sofia for the design, with a theme of “little mountains” being the overall subject.
The main floor gallery focuses on the present day, through the natural environment, buildings and cities. The upper floor exhibits carry futuristic themes, displaying cutting-edge technology and space exploration among other subject areas, while the lower level features the past as represented by exhibits on geology, archaeology and paleontology.
The centrepiece at the entrance of the museum looks like a tree and rises throughout the three floors of the building.
The museum and science center offer a number of amenities including a café, a green roof with outdoor exhibits, an amphitheater, and a science-themed play area on its newly landscaped grounds. A selection of bright colours and patterns appeal to the children who will frequent the structure.