AB design studio, inc. has been selected as the new architect for the Children's Museum of Santa Barbara
The Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara (CMSB) to begin permitting and construction of a ±17,000 square-foot building in the heart of Lower State Street and the Waterfront District. The new ground-up Museum will be located at 125 State Street nestled between the recently completed Indigo Hotel and the Train Depot. CMSB had been working with the late architect Barry Berkus to create a whimsical building affectionately dubbed the Sand Castle. The museum will feature approximately 15,000 square feet of interactive educational exhibits including a rooftop Sky Garden with exhibits and viewing areas. The museum will also house a state of the art theater for video art and a small classroom for educational uses. The CMSB will provide a Museum Store where visitors and tourists will be invited to shop.
Children's Museum Santa Barbara will be the premier child centric museum in the Central Coast and will be Santa Barbara County’s first LEED-certified museum. The innovative building will be designed to serve as a Green Building exhibit itself, highlighting a number of sustainable attributes in creative and fun ways, including the use of repurposed blue jeans for insulation, recycled materials, etc. In order to emphasize the importance of energy savings, CMSB intends to offer several “kid-powered” exhibits.
The Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara will offer a unique learning environment where children, families, and the community come together to learn through play. The exhibits and programs will be designed to support the national agenda to boost student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). This interdisciplinary approach will facilitate the creativity and risk-taking needed in today’s complex and ever-changing world. Incorporating the best practices from the other 340 children’s museum around the world, the Children’s Museum will set a new standard for innovative use of new media and technology and will be aligned with the Common Core Standards for Education and Next Generation Science Standards.
Jill Levinson, Children's Museum President, explained: "We are pleased to be working with AB Design Studio to complete our building, which was so beautifully designed by Barry Berkus." The project is currently in the permitting stage and will be starting construction in the summer of 2014. Look for the Children's Museum to be open in 2016 providing excellent learning and exploration for kids (and adults) throughout the Central Coast and Beyond.