rubin museum’s ‘mandala lab’ will be a place of emotional wellness in NYC

where emotions turn into wisdom

The Rubin Museum opens its Mandala Laboratory, a cultural healing space that inspires connection, empathy and learning by channeling Buddhist principles. The museum, located on 17th Street in Manhattan, claims that the new mandala laboratory is where “emotions turn into wisdom”. the meditative room was designed by peterson rich office.

Located on the redesigned third floor of the museum, the space encourages guests to explore their emotions, reflect on how complex feelings arise in everyday life, and imagine how they could be changed.

Images courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

inspired by Buddhist principles

Inspired by powerful Buddhist principles, the Mandala Laboratory offers five thought-provoking, playful experiences – including videos, fragrances, sculptures, and curated percussion instruments – that take visitors on an inner journey focused on self-awareness and the awareness of others. Visitors are invited to see, smell, touch and breathe their way around the room.

the room dedicated to emotional wellbeing fits in well with the rubin museum, which mainly focuses on art and cultural artefacts from the himalayas. when designing the mandala lab, the architects at peterson rich office were inspired by the mandala – a spiritual symbol that can be seen in over 100 pieces in the museum. The lab is divided into quadrants, each of which provides principles to combat emotions such as anger and jealousy.

The Rubin Museum's “Mandala Laboratory” will be a place of emotional well-being in NYC
The architects design the laboratory with influences from the mandala

Rubin Museum Managing Director Jorrit Britschgi comments: “With the Mandala Lab we hope to enable us to master today’s challenges: to expand our imagination, to understand and manage our emotions, to enrich our ability to empathize and to connect with others. We hope the Rubin is a museum where art, ideas, research and our emotions are linked. ‘

Rubin Museum Mandala Lab
The Mandala Laboratory offers five thought-provoking experiences

The Rubin Museum's “Mandala Laboratory” will be a place of emotional well-being in NYC
Visitors are invited to see, smell, touch and breathe their way around the room

Rubin Museum Mandala Lab
the rubin museum mainly focuses on art and cultural artifacts from the himalayas

Project info:

Project title: the mandala laboratory

architecture: peterson rich office

Location: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th Street, New York, NY

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