Monroe Township, NJ, USA /PRNewswire/ — Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP) has announced the opening of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Jersey’s new wish-granting facility for children with life-threatening illnesses, where theatrical magic and fantasy bring to life children’s wish-making experience in an imaginative and whimsical setting.
The Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place is the new home of Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, founded in 1983. The remarkable new facility – the first ever built – results from a collaboration between LHSA+DP and Adirondack Studios along with RHM Associates, the building architect. The 20,000-square-foot wish-granting facility serves seriously ill kids and their families throughout the Garden State.
Known for innovative exhibit design, children’s museums, schools and immersive architectural environments, LHSA+DP designed the colorful interiors with an enchanted garden theme. Large murals and theatrical environments greet children and their families, creating a special “wish experience” to enhance the renowned Make-A-Wish program.
“This Wishing Place has become a meaningful and organized opportunity for children and caregivers who visit the castle to facilitate the granting of their unique wishes,” says LHSA+DP principal, Lee Skolnick, FAIA. “We created an experience that merges a child’s imagination with the uplifting, caring message that this organization brings to children who need it most.”
The wish child’s experience starts with a magical-style theme of heraldic banners and faux-medieval wall tapestries decorated with fantastical animals such as dragons and unicorns. From the Welcome Hall, a double-height atrium, guests glimpse images of a fantastical garden and, outdoors, a real forest and pond. A floor labyrinth draws them further inside.
Colorful stained-glass windows feature illustrations of Make-A-Wish children – some in wheelchairs, others with hair loss typical of medical treatments – in heroic poses as princes and princesses. Elaborately illustrated murals elsewhere reveal the world of possibilities children can enjoy even when life seems to offer only an escalating series of limitations.
Said Tom Weatherall, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, “The act of wishing should be a uniquely magical moment, an event that is somehow out of the ordinary, taking place in an environment free of limitations, confinement or stress.”
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