Gyroscope is an architecture and exhibition design firm specializing exclusively in museums, libraries, learning gardens and other cultural institutions. Our mission is to design learning environments that provide value for children, families and communities.
As architects of learning environments, we encounter some unusual challenges: designing a giant, ADA accessible “Hawks Nest” amidst a small grove of towering live oaks; or designing activity stations, warming platforms and enrichment feeders for a family of lemurs at the San Francisco Zoo; or designing a three-story erupting volcano that sits within a 8,400-gallon fresh water tank to be explored by ROV’s. We have even been asked to design, build and install a living “eco-pond”, complete with fish and turtles, on the top of a rooftop garden inside a charter public elementary school. Whatever the challenge, our approach to creative problem solving, out-of-the-box thinking and a can-do attitude is what keeps our architecture trained staff (as well as the structural and MEP consultants we work with) energized and engaged.
In this past year alone, we have won a public art design competition for a new entry façade at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, traveled to Mexico City to begin the re-design of 15,000 SF of new exhibitions for the Papalote Children’s Museum which will include a digital fabrication lab, completed schematic design for an expanding children’s museum on the historic site of the Erie Canal, and begun site selection for a start-up museum in Pennsylvania.
Most of our projects offer us the opportunity to develop designs that address urban planning, brownfield developments, the museum building itself, its contents, exhibits and furniture and even the graphic identity. From the macro level of building community to a child’s scale experience with colored pegs, our museum work makes us feel good. There is no better feeling for us than when the museum finally opens and the public embraces it.
For Gyroscope, architecture means designing experiences that build community. We are proud of what we have contributed toward that goal.
For more information, contact Maeryta A. Medrano, AIA, LEED AP: firstname.lastname@example.org