Spying—on your neighbors, on random strangers, on your ex-partner's new partner—can be kind of fun. Now, there's a whole Manhattan museum dedicated to the fine art of surveillance, deception, and decoding. Adjaye Associates designed SPYSCAPE, a new 60,000-square-foot museum in Midtown Manhattan that opened its doors to secret-seekers on Friday. Developed in concert with former intelligence officials and hackers, the building is decked out in what the New York– and London-based firm is calling "the architectural language of the most prestigious spy organizations:" materially, that translates to black linoleum, grey acoustic paneling, and dark fiber cement across a series of glass boxes that hold exhibitions while fragmenting the viewer's sense of space. Outside, the facade is covered in dot-and-pixel vinyl, which provides solar shading while keeping the inside shrouded from prying eyes. For $39, visitors can learn about history's most famous spies, climb through an agility-testing laser maze in one room and crack codes in another, or detect lies in special interrogation booths. At the end, the exhibition analyzes each visitors' skill set, Myers–Briggs-style, assigning each an intelligence job that best corresponds with demonstrated ability. With features like a 350-square-foot multimedia elevator and whiz-bang elements, the three-story SPYSCAPE's exhibits are ensconced by a futuristic palette—all cool blues and green. A bar, event spaces, and a rare book store round out the program. SPYSCAPE is open from 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. daily. More information about the museum can be found here.
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Adjaye Associates today revealed designs for SPYSCAPE, a spy museum and interactive experience in Midtown Manhattan that will open this December. The 60,000-square-foot space, located at 928 8th Ave., will essentially create a small town inside two floors of a midtown office building; exhibitions are housed in bespoke pavilions, each focused on one of seven themes of spying. Varied environments continually shift visitors’ perspectives, using lighting, screens, bridges and transparency between floors to create a sense of intrigue, curiosity and maybe a little dread. Materials like smoked glass, fiber cement, dark grey acoustic paneling and weathered and mirror-polished steel add to the shadowy, enigmatic environment. Visitors enter the exhibition through a vaulted light canopy, after which partially-obscured circulation spaces open up into the varied pavilions and immersive multimedia environments featuring digital displays on screens, tables, even floors and walls. "We've been able to challenge the traditional museum typology with a design that straddles the physical and digital worlds," said Lucy Tilley, Associate Director for Adjaye Associates. One of the largest structures (focusing on surveillance) will consist of a giant drum clad with curved, weathered steel panels. Other zones will focus on hacking, interrogation, code breaking and historic spy artifacts. The project was developed in collaboration with former station chiefs and directors of various intelligence agencies who, of course, can't reveal who they are. The museum will also contain a café, private event space, and a book shop containing several rare spy tomes. Tickets are on sale as of today here.