Children’s Museum of the East End
Bridgehampton, NY
Margaret Garcia Project Architect, with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partners

The building takes as its inspiration the indigenous Long Island Potato Barn. It emerges out of bermed earth, thereby reducing its apparent volume and utilizing the ground’s insulating properties. Extensive site planning and landscape design features were also utilized to create an environment where a broad range of outdoor programming activities can take place, including an outdoor amphitheater for performances and film screenings.

The architecture’s natural colors, forms, and materials blend into the landscape. These are juxtaposed with bright and colorful punctuations like the free-form, yellow fiber glass coat room that acts as an entry gate. Around the building, bands of rainbow-colored tinted concrete lead kids out to the surrounding landscape where a maze garden awaits their discovery.