Rubin Museum

The Mandala Lab is an interactive space for social and emotional learning inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist mandala. The immersive cultural space invites visitors of all ages to smell, see, touch, and listen as they sense, interpret, and process their own emotions supporting the Rubin museum’s mission: to stimulate learning, promote understanding, and inspire personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan regions.

At a distinct moment of expansion and aesthetic difference within the museum, the integration of light and a series of fine metal mesh partitions separate, yet visually connect, the four quadrants of the multipurpose space organized around the museum’s central stair.

 

A product of meaningful collaboration, the Mandala Lab was completed with input of museum leadership, curators, exhibition specialists, cognitive scientists, Buddhist teachers, contemplative humanities researchers, and features contributions from a diverse group of contemporary multidisciplinary artists. Designed for all ages, the Mandala Lab also functions as the new home for The Rubin Museum’s School and Family Programs, hosting weekday art and mindfulness classes in partnership with the NYC Department of Education.

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Location
New York, NY
Status
Completed
2021
Client
Rubin Museum of Art
Typology
Cultural, Institutional, Gallery
Size
2,700 sf

The Mandala Lab is an interactive space for social and emotional learning inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist mandala. The immersive cultural space invites visitors of all ages to smell, see, touch, and listen as they sense, interpret, and process their own emotions supporting the Rubin museum’s mission: to stimulate learning, promote understanding, and inspire personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan regions.

A product of meaningful collaboration, the Mandala Lab was completed with input of museum leadership, curators, exhibition specialists, cognitive scientists, Buddhist teachers, contemplative humanities researchers, and features contributions from a diverse group of contemporary multidisciplinary artists. Designed for all ages, the Mandala Lab also functions as the new home for The Rubin Museum’s School and Family Programs, hosting weekday art and mindfulness classes in partnership with the NYC Department of Education.

Location
New York, NY
Status
Completed
2021
Client
Rubin Museum of Art
Typology
Cultural
Institutional
Gallery
Size
2,700 sf
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Organized into quadrants around the museum’s central stair, the open floor plan is visually connected but separated through tactile fine metal mesh partitions, facilitating space definition while maintaining a continuous visual sense for the entire exhibition floor.

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Organized into quadrants around the museum’s central stair, the open floor plan is visually connected but separated through tactile fine metal mesh partitions, facilitating space definition while maintaining a continuous visual sense for the entire exhibition floor.

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PRO worked with a local Gowanus fabricator to develop a bespoke system for suspending the Gong Orchestra from the ceiling. A system of pullies and counter weights allows museum visitors to drop the gongs into a glass and walnut basin filled with water.

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PRO worked with a local Gowanus fabricator to develop a bespoke system for suspending the Gong Orchestra from the ceiling. A system of pullies and counter weights allows museum visitors to drop the gongs into a glass and walnut basin filled with water.

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Architectural

Miriam Peterson

Nathan Rich

Varoon Kelekar

Sarah Kasper

Peik Shelton

Consultants
Contractor
Riverside Builders
Lighting Design
Tim Holm
Special Fabrication
The New Motor
Basin Design
City Aquarium
Process
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Drawings
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Selected Press
10/16/2021
Mandala Lab on Designboom

10/21/2021
Rubin Museum Mandala Lab reviewed in the New York Times

10/20/2020
Arch Paper features Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art announces PRO as architects for the Mandala Lab, a new interactive space that will bring cognitive science, contemplative practice, and visitor-contributed art experiences for social and emotional learning for all ages.

3/1/2020
Rubin Museum Competition

PRO wins a competition to re-design a floor of a museum in New York City. In addition to giving a new immediate, real life experience, our concept will set the museum up for creating remote experiences and communities.

12/16/2020
The Art Newspaper profiles Rubin Museum of Art

PRO-designed Mandala Lab demonstrates how museums help in troubled times.

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