Kidspace Museum




Kidspace Museum


Michael Maltzan Architecture

Project Size

78,000 SF


2006 | LA Conservancy Preservation Award

2003 | Architecture Magazine P/A Award

2002 | AIA LA NEXT Merit Award

Restoration, seismic upgrade and renovation of three existing one-story historical buildings from the Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center that once occupied the site. Interior updates included exhibit spaces, a museum store, a conference room, a kitchen and cafeteria and administrative offices. Indoor and outdoor children’s areas feature a mirrored, multi-colored tunnel, two three-story climbing towers, a 2.2-acre garden with a maze, willow tunnel, tricycle and walking trails, a natural outdoor learning circle and magical water elements. The Kidspace Museum sitework included restoration of the existing pergola, dramatic landscaping and water features, all of which were incorporated into the outdoor exhibits.