Science fiction’s outlandish imaginings are now on display through May 31 at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), featuring the top 10 design entries for the world’s first sci-fi museum. This unique project warrants no less than a high-tech, out-of-this-world edifice worthy of Star Trek. The winning design by graduate student Emily Yen, titled Schrödinger’s Box, proposes a 4,000-square-foot modular museum comprising a trapezoid frame with in-filled planes at various heights (think staggered wall shelving). An exterior insulated plastic cube hangs from the frame, while a flexible fabric roof pivots around the opaque projection wall “facilitating connections to the universe and beyond,” stated Yen in her proposal.
“It explores the imagination that anything is possible—it’s infinite. I think [Yen’s] design really teaches you to dream big,” said Barbara Wing, manager of exhibitions at BPL.
A preview museum will be established in Washington, D.C. in 2015, while a roving exhibition will tour Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Moscow, and London. The timeline for building a permanent museum in D.C. is pending fundraising. “A big part of our mission is to be a center for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, and science fiction certainly is that,” said Jonathan Spencer, corporate counsel at the Museum of Science Fiction.