The Museum should have very modest or no setbacks bordering Broadway and Third Street. All ve-
hicular access to loading docks and underground parking should probably occur on the east side of
the building from Third Street—facing the Library. If vehicle access is situated to the south side of the
building, it should not detract from the appearance of the building, as seen from the library.
The main entrance to the Museum should ideally be located either on the east or south sides of the
building. It should not in any case be located on the west side, next to the Heyburn Building.
This project should be envisioned as the first building block in the revitalization and rethinking of an
important edge of the downtown core, which could ideally lead to further planning and investment
along the Second and Third streets corridor.
The Children’s Museum will consist of a 5-level structure with one level below grade for parking.
Together with the other elements within the extended competition site, it will represent an impor-
tant arrival feature for that part of the city immediately to its south, an area the City has targeted
for revitalization, extending to St. Catherine Street at the northern edge of the Old Louisville neigh-
borhood. Besides the Museum parcel, the site itself will include three additional parking lots between
Third Street and Second Street. The parking lot across the street from the Museum on Third Street is
envisioned as a transitional park, leading to the other two parcels bordering Second Street. One of
these will be a 4-story parking garage, the other a 4- to 6-story high-tech incubator. All of the
structures should in some manner relate to each other in architectural expression, with the park
serving as an important link between the parking garage, the Museum and the Public Library. The
park is not envisioned as a potential playground area, though it might incorporate some reference(s)
to the Museum and the learning process.
In addition to the most up-to-date exhibits, the Museum itself should also include space for a Mu-
seum Shop, play space, auditorium, and administrative offices. Its appearance should be such, that it
stands apart from its neighbors as a Children’s Museum, and representationally cannot be confused
with corporate architecture. It should also incorporate the most current sustainability technology,
with a carbon neutral structure as the ultimate goal. Making this visually apparent to the visitor
would represent part of its educational mission.
The main internal circulation component of the Museum should be ramping. This is not only to facil-
itate easy access to exhibits on the different levels, but to avoid potential accidents leading to in-
juries, which might be more common with stairs.
Questions and Answers
Eligible Entrants may seek clarification of the information presented in these Instructions or the Of-
ficial Rules by submitting questions to the Competition Advisor. No questions may be addressed to
the Jury. All communications and/or questions must be in English. Questions may be emailed at any
time before January 15, 2014. Questions will be answered in the order they are received in a timely
fashion. All questions received by January 15, 2014 will be answered no later than January 20, 2014.
Any questions received after January 15, 2014 will not be answered.
Any changes to this document resulting from answers to the questions will become part of the pro-
gram.. All questions, answers, and resulting program clarifications will be posted and available to all
registrants on the Competition website and will be accessible to all Entrants through February 1, 2014.
Questions should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org