ART MUSEUM EXPERIENTIAL GALLERY

Miami
Sensory Integration Doubles as Bench Seating
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Interactive Gallery Entry
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Active Learning for All
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Face-to-Face with Edouard Duval-Carrié’s Agowe
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Experiential Gallery Connects Museum-Goers to Art
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Experiential Gallery Connects Museum-Goers to Art
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Recycled Blue Alligator Extends Museum-Goer Experience
Photo © Courtesy of FIU
Architects
Architecture Is Fun
Location
Miami
Year
2013
Client
Frost Art Museum, FIU
Team
Sharon Exley, Peter Exley, Architecture Is Fun, Fun Finders
Carpet
InterfaceFLOR
Paint
Benjamin Moore
Artist - Recycled Blue Alligator
Cracking Art Group
Artist (Chandelier of Light-Based Technologies)
Alex Trimino
Artist (Curiosity Cabinet)
Pepe Mar
Artist (Agowe Sculpture)
Edouard Duval-Carrié
Artist (Dog Video)
Chaitra Garrick
Furniture Supplier (Happy Face Stools)
Born In Brooklyn

Art Installations & Interaction Transform Frost Art Museum Gallery.
As part of the esteemed Frost Art Museum on the Florida International University (FIU) Campus, it was essential that the redesign of the first floor gallery would welcome, orient and engage visitors – university students, staff, children and museum-goers – to culture-rich installations ripe for discovery.

During planning, critical factors for the success of bridging art, technology and interaction were assessed alongside pragmatic complexities of a gallery not conditioned for displaying art. In a paradigm-shift, the experiential design commissioned artist installations, which could comfortably and securely reside in a renovated gallery. The responsible, artful approach strategically reused embodied energies, including existing walls, ceilings and infrastructure, while adding carpeting of 80% recycled fishing net content, sun screening and retrofitting track lighting with LEDs and UV filters, all of which effectively lowered temperature, humidity, and glare.

The resulting artworks create a responsive environment, where a multi-generational audience is inspired to be expressive and to make their own “marks” on the Frost Art Museum. Adding a rich layer of beauty, meaning and experience throughout the gallery and reaching outside make it a culturally-rich and entertaining threshold to a serious art museum.

Architecture Is Fun translated our thoughts, needs and wishes into creative solutions filled with joy, whimsy, environmental responsibility, and always a great aesthetic sensibility. The result is awesome and gives museum-goers of all ages a sense that the Gallery was created with them in mind, to freely explore the artful world around them.
~ Amy Pollack, Special Projects Director, Frost Art Museum

First Place Award – Contract Project Small Firm, ASID Design Excellence Awards, 2015,
Recognition for excellence in design of a small project.

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