Coca-Cola has big plans for an Olympic Park pavilion for London’s 2012 sporting extravaganza. London-based architectsÂ Pernilla & AsifÂ have created the “Coca-Cola Beatbox,” a spiraling structure clad in red and white panels that appear to be suspended in frozen animation. It’sÂ not only an intriguing structure but an interactive musical instrument. The experimental architecture works with cutting edge sound technology, encouraging people to interact and “play the pavilion.”
Inspired by sounds of the Olympic gamesâ€”the plunge of an archer’s arrow into a target, athlete’s quickened heartbeats, squeaking sneakersâ€”the Beatbox will be imbedded with sound-bites created by Grammy Award-winning producer Mark RonsonÂ that Â allow visitors to remix their own mashed-up productions.
The lower level of the New York Historical Society was lively last Friday morning at the ribbon cutting for the new DiMenna Childrenâ€™s History Museum and the Barbara K. Lipman Childrenâ€™s History Library.Â Young New Yorkers were trying out a number of new, interactive activities in the vibrant 4,000 square-foot vaulted space.