DNA Learning Center NYC
Centerbrook designed a revolutionary immersive experience concept for the New York City expansion of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center to provide a dynamic learning environment.
Located at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Brooklyn, DNA Learning Center NYC is a one-of-a-kind experience with an immersive exhibit designed to mimic the structure of a cell. This DNA Learning Center (DNALC) exhibit includes larger-than-life representations of a cell membrane and receptor, the nucleus and endoplasmic reticulum, chromosome, ribosome, cytoskeleton, mitochondria, and other structures. Interactive elements also complement the exhibit to provide hands-on molecular biology instruction.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory projects this new DNALC will welcome more than 25,000 visitors a year. The space is designed to facilitate school field trips, pre-college summer camps, research programs for City Tech students, teacher training, and weekend activities for the public.
DNALC NYC is situated in the second floor of City Tech’s Pearl Street Building, adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian entrance. The renovated 17,500-square-foot space includes classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, staff offices, and a cafeteria in addition to the exhibit centerpiece.
Located in Cold Spring Harbor on New York’s Long Island, the original Dolan DNALC is the world's first science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an operating unit of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an important center for molecular genetics research. The Dolan and Harlem DNALCs extend the laboratory's traditional research and postgraduate education mission to the college, precollege, and public levels. DNALC NYC, along with another planned expansion in Sleepy Hollow, New York, will further that mission.