The Lab – Children’s Science Center

  • Client: Children's Science Center
  • Location: Reston, VA
  • Completion Date: June 2015
  • Area: 3,500 sq. ft.

The LAB is the first public experience opened by the Children’s Science Center, which is the first interactive STEM destination in Northern Virginia.

The Lab is composed of four spaces which include the Experiment Bar a programmatic space; a tinkering space known as the Tinker Shop; an exhibition space called the Inspiration Hub; and the early learner area called the Discovery Zone. All spaces are designed for changing exhibitry and are completely flexible while still being separately themed.

An important point is that as a result of this unique context of a shopping mall, one important design criterion was that the space, which charges an admission fee, had to aesthetically appeal to consumers at the mall and compete against spaces such as the Apple Store and Victoria’s Secret.