Conceived as a metaphor for the human brain, design of the new Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention was inspired by a passage out of Tennyson's Ulysses: "I am part of all that I have met; yet all experience is an arch where through gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades forever when I move."

The museum is organized around a central space—the main hall—where all experiences come together. Like Ulysses in Tennyson's poem, this space is a part of all of the spaces in the museum, yet at the same time serves as the foundation upon which they are experienced. A distinguishable form, the main hall draws visitors in from Main Street with views into and through the museum. Individual wedge-shaped galleries grow organically from its core. An oculus to the sky, symbolic of Tennyson's "arch," opens the space to the universe and all that it holds.

2014 AIA Baltimore Design Award Winner

"Design unveiled for Cade Museum" – by Anthony Clark, Business Editor, The Gainesville Sun, October 4, 2012

"I think this project can change our community." – David Molyneaux, Board Member, Cade Museum Foundation


  • Permanent and traveling interactive exhibits
  • Classroom/multipurpose space, gift shop, kitchen, outdoor event terraces
  • Designed to integrate future phases of gallery expansion
  • Sustainable design features