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Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Innovative architecture using a time-tested material

Rafael Viñoly believes that technological innovation is crucial for the advancement of architecture as a discipline. But for him, clearly such technological innovation doesn’t necessarily equal the use of new materials. Sometimes a time-tested product like ceramic mosaics offers the perfect means for innovative architecture. A case in point is the expansion of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, a project designed almost a decade ago by Viñoly’s New York-based office. This highly sustainable building is finished with a ceramic skin, which looks as fresh today as it did when it was just completed.