Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (New York) was recently featured in The New York Times as the architect of the new Muzeiko Children’s Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, one of the first children’s museums in Eastern Europe. The museum is scheduled to be completed in 2015 in the Bulgarian capital city.
Skolnick told the Times that his building design is intended to create a feeling of openness and transparency—a dramatic change for the former Communist-Block country. “Many of the buildings in Bulgaria are very closed, and we want to leave an impression of openness and of being transparent of what we are doing, both physically and also metaphorically.”
Muzeiko transforms a former laboratory in the university precinct of Studentski Grad into a 35,000-square-foot interactive learning space. Its centerpiece will be a tree made of glass, plastic, and steel that rises through all three levels of the building’s interior.