Designed creation for the music station area and created a series of six sound pieces.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open the new interactive learning space, The 81st Street Studio on September 9th, a science and art play space for children. The renovated 3,500 ft2 space, designed by KOKO Architecture + Design, will be an interactive space that reimagines how the Museum can inspire exploration of its encyclopedic collection, amplify curiosity, and create new experiences for children.

Yamaha Corporation led the design creation for The Interactive Musical Station and created a series of six sound pieces called "Material Orchestra" so that children can learn about the principles and mechanisms of musical instruments, as well as the unique sounds of the materials themselves. They are designed to nurture children's sensitivities by allowing them to experience the rich world of sound through play, immersed in the physical phenomena of sound making and the basic mechanisms of the string, percussion, and wind instruments incorporated in each piece.

We hope that The 81st Street Studio, a new world filled with culture and art open to children, will provide them with many discoveries through "sound," which is full of curiosity.

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About The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met presents art from around the world and across time for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

About KOKO Architecture + Design

Established in 2000 by the husband-and-wife team of Adam Weintraub and Mishi Hosono, is a creative partnership specializing in the design of spaces and interiors for children and for early childhood education. KOKO’s children’s portfolio includes interactive museum spaces, playgrounds, libraries, toy and furniture design, early childhood learning centers, and STEM and music educational facilities.

Dates After 9 September 2023
Venue The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028
Related Websites The 81st Street Studio - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
KOKO Architecture + Design