Construction on the building for the new Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa has been completed. A grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 25 after the interior is completed. The 53,000-square-foot
structure will house 12 galleries, three classrooms and ample space for
traveling exhibitions within its three levels.
to John Curran of GouldEvans
architectural firm in
Tampa, every effort was made to make the building environmentally
sustainable. "It's as energy efficient as possible, and constructed
using two products: marmoleum and carpet tiles, both of which are very
sustainable products. And we used only non-toxic paints and other
elements throughout the building."
the design takes advantage of as much natural light as possible. "Most
children's museums try to control light," explains Curran. We did our
best to maximize it."
Museum President and CEO
Al Najiar says functionality was an important consideration in planning
construction. "We really built it from the inside out. We wanted to
consider the visitor's experience and mold the museum to fit that
Both say that the most
important thing is that the design appeals to children. "The
contemporary design is very simple," says Curran. It's colorful in such a
way that kids naturally identify with it."
a playful atmosphere. A really fun building," adds Najiar.
Curran says the Tampa Riverwalk
was another consideration in designing the museum. We all did our best
to complement the existing surroundings as best we could. Our design
contrasts with the existing building (the Poe Garage and the Tampa
Museum of Art), but it's quite similar. The two, although quite
different, co-exist quite nicely." Glazer Children's
located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, joins an existing
collection of museums in downtown Tampa, including the Tampa Museum of Art
of Photographic Arts
and the Tampa Bay History Center
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Al Najiir, Glazer Children's Museum; John Curran, GouldEvans-Tampa