Project: An entirely new wing of the Science Museum dedicated to contemporary science and technology.
Subject: Bio-medical, information technology and future science issues.
Content: Around 200 objects plus 40 interactives on each level. Exhibits range from an Iron Age skeleton, the Bleadon Man, to a genetically modified pig’s heart.
Scale of challenge: The contemporary subject matter is constantly changing, which makes the gallery exhibits within architect MacCormac Jamieson Prichard’s new building more difficult to research than an historical display.
Casson Mann’s role: Exhibition designers responsible for biomedical gallery entitled Who am I? on first floor, digital gallery entitled Digitopolis on second floor, and an (as yet unnamed) futures gallery on the third floor.
What the client says: ‘It needs to have the immediacy, pace and relevance of a newspaper or broadcast news’ – Tim Molloy, Science Museum head of design.
What Roger Mann says: ‘It’s not about what Man has done, but what Man is discovering and is beginning to do. The stories are fascinating and each showcase will be full of surprises. Watch out for the mutant fish.’
Total cost: £42m
To be completed: June 2000