By Edith Cherry and James See – May 20, 2020
Address: 1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
The architecture of ¡Explora! is a playful collection of varied volumes, colors and textures. In a neighborhood of museums, this one is meant to attract children of any age. From its multicolored dome on the west to the multistoried volumes on the east, ¡Explora! beckons children to enter into the world of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math STEAM program.
The interior is even more playful than the exterior. Once inside, the volumes flow together, allowing visitors to discover specialty areas or wander and wonder at interactive displays of science and art. Changes in ceiling height, balconies that overlook fascinating attractions, stairs and ramps, views inside and outside, a fountain with water jets in the shape of parabolas, and a big elevator with a sofa and piano are a few of the architectural and exhibit features that delight and intrigue children of all ages.
To the north of the main entry, the upcoming X Studio continues the playful juncture of varied volumes and colors. It will expand programming to include teen skill development and future professional options.
Phase 1: Completed: 2002
Architect: Mahlman & Miles Architects
Contractor: *seeking info
Phase 2: Completed: 2013
Architect: Mahlman Studio Architecture
Contractor: <strong>*seeking info
Studio X: Expected Completion: 2021
Architect: Studio Southwest Architects Website
“Vehicle Stop”, by Erika Wanenmacher https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/public-art/public-art-in-albuquerque/interactive-public-art-map
“Icarus Sundial”, by Gino Schiavone https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/public-art/public-art-in-albuquerque/interactive-public-art-map
!Explora! web site: https://www.explora.us
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