CLIENT: CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN 

EXPERIENCE THE WORLD THROUGH A GIANT POP-UP BOOK

A TRAVELING CHILDREN'S EXHIBIT

One of our favorite projects at Collab was for The Children's Museum of Manhattan.  They asked us to develop an exhibit to teach kids about architecture by studying Mosques from around the world, and make it mobile so it could travel to Libraries and Schools.  Mobile, yet immersive was the directive.  And give kids a memorable experience while teaching them about the architecture of Mosques.

As we researched mosques from around the globe, the design, color and the unique materials used to build these mosques became a guiding principal.  We wanted to create an experience that would engage the kids and help them understand how complex shapes and structures played a role in the architecture in their everyday lives.

OUR CONCLUSION:

Build a 3-dimensional pop-up book, and combine it with a projection show. The idea was that by creating stories around the color, shapes, landscape and culture of each Mosque, we could immerse children into a magical journey around the world through a visual experience designed around light sound and motion.  Our experience building theatrical projections for other projects inspired us.

We began by sketching out the installation, and mapping the user experience.  

We developed educational content around the history of each of the Mosques and created a unique visual journey to educate about architecture and engineering through the study of the details of the mosques. 

 

We developed the content to highlight individual attributes to create an understanding of how these same shapes and details are in our everyday lives.  The user experience was designed to be fun and interactive as well as a valuable teaching tool for educators.

We went about building one of the largest pop-up books in the world, and made it mobile to boot. 

A giant pop-up book that when educators turned the pages, a giant pop-up replica of the Mosque was revealed, projected mapped with animated content to tell the story of the Mosque and the people who worship there and care for it.  

Each turn of the page was a new adventure. We created a journey around the world for the kids, awe inspiring as each new page came to life with light, sound, animated content and projection mapping.