Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry
A museum devoted solely to transportation and industry is without precedence in the United States and grew out of the fact that transportation has been such a critical factor in Cleveland’s growth into a major metropolis. The theme of transportation was used throughout the design of the landscape. Oversize truck tires are used as planters and seating, while recycled propellers become kinetic sculptural objects recording the wind patterns on the site. Bold yellow traffic tape paving is laid out in a sinuous pattern relaying motion, air waves, or even abstracted parking stripes, with the pattern extending through the museum’s glass curtain wall, diminishing the separation between outdoor and indoor exhibit space. In addition, the flexible site design accommodates the museum’s many programs, such as the display of oversize historic artifacts.
© Martha Schwartz Partners; Photo credits: Vandijk Westlake Reed Leskosky Architects