New entrance and gallery spaces redefine orientation, illuminate the collection, and create flexible gathering spaces for exhibitions and events.
New glazed walls and doors divide the upper entrance concourse and reconnect the spaces based around the visitor journey.
Our proposals introduce a new curatorial concept of the Portal. Portals are a time-honoured device in science, technology and science fiction. Creating windows onto other worlds, they engage the imaginations of all ages, and appeal to our sense of wonder in imagining new possibilities.
Large portals encased in oak reveal holograms of the collection set against a seemingly infinite background of vanta black pigment. Visitors encounter these portals at key moments in their journey as both orientation points for the collection and as a focus to inspire curiosity.
Taking the East Hall back to its essentials, it becomes the central gathering place in the Museum — a platform for interaction that communicates the thrill of scientific discovery in the round. Key pieces in this space are rearranged to present the museum’s wider collection with drama and coherence.
The project was cancelled due to the impact of the CoVid-19 pandemic.
- Entrance and East Hall Galleries
- Science Museum
- September 2020
- London, UK
- Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Services Engineer: Webb Yates Lighting: DHA Design