Explora Science Museum’s X-Studio is a place of transformation, an inspiring learning environment for teens to develop STEM skills as they emerge into adulthood and prepare for the workforce. Our building reflects this transformation through program and design. In plan, the transformation is characterized by spaces separated as learn/make/present, mirroring life’s natural progression. The transitions between these spaces are celebrated through transparency of glass, emphasizing both the connectivity of interior spaces and the exposure of daylight and connection to nature beyond. A winding path internally connects these spaces with various quite moments for mentoring and reflection along the journey.
Consisting of spaces for learning, making, presenting and nourishment, X-Studio delivers a dynamic and inspiring hands-on learning experience to high-school students. Classrooms provide areas for guided learning and experimentation. A teen Lounge provides space for relaxation as well as semi-private collaboration areas for mentoring and brainstorming. A large Maker’s Space contains modern fabrication equipment as well as traditional wood and metal working tools for students to literally build their ideas. The Exhibition Gallery, which connects to the existing building at the Rotunda, provides space for rotating exhibits as well for students to showcase their own built work.
X-Studio is designed with numerous sustainability measures utilizing the architect’s in-house tool for tracking energy and water efficiency, solar thermal control, daylighting and community engagement.