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Spyscape: David Adjaye’s Opens Surveillance Museum in Midtown Manhattan

British architect David Adjaye has finished work on New York‘s Museum of spying, which invites its first people to become undercover agents this weekend.

Found today, the interactive Spyscape museum occupies a renovated 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-metre) building on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, just two blocks from MoMA.

Adjaye’s company consulted former associates of renowned hacking collectives, station chiefs and directors of intelligence agencies to get aid with the layout, that was shown late last year.

Indoors, weathering steel drums are set up to a house themed exhibition focused on surveillance, hacking, deception and intelligence operations. A mixture of smoked glass, bespoke fiber cement, grey acoustic paneling, mirror-polished steel and dim lighting were selected for encircling spaces to make a dark and mysterious setting.

In these regions, Spyscape supplies a multi-sensory interactive experience where people can pretend to be spies. The experience begins on birth when each is introduced with an Identity Band that is used to monitor their travel with electromagnetic fields.

A video playing in the museum‘s central theater offers a briefing on key intelligence before gamers are assigned to 11 spy roles — including broker handler, cryptologist, hacker, or intelligence analyst.

After activities take place in an interrogation booth, with sensors to “learn the art and science of spotting lies”, and an area with a 360-degree projection of live and pre-recorded CCTV vision that mimics a surveillance assignment. Visitors are also timed as they creep through an area of laser tunnels.

A cafe, a bookshop with over 1,000 rare and first-edition spy publications, and a gift store full of spy gadgets and intelligent technologies are one of the other facilities at the museum. Additionally, there are multiple event spaces that could host private parties for at least 600 guests.

After making his name in the US with the National Museum of African American History and Culture at Washington DC, which recently won the Design of the Year 2018 award, Adjaye focusing on museum designs Throughout the country.

His others incorporate a contemporary art museum in San Antonio, Texas, which broke ground in June 2017, along with the Studio Museum in Harlem, which will replace the 50-year-old museum‘s existing 125th Street center.

h/t Dezeen