The New Millennium Experience Company announced some of its long awaited plans for the Greenwich Dome interiors this week, but failed to quell the disquiet which has dogged the creative directorship of the project.
NMEC board member Michael Grade defended the decision not to have a creative director for the project, despite criticism by architect Lord Rogers of the policy.
Plans showing less than half the Dome’s interior exhibition space were unveiled at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday. The areas shown include Dreamscape (see Cover), Living Island and The Body Zone.
The “Baby Dome” concert area was officially confirmed.
Designer Martin Lambie-Nairn, who has created the Dome’s brand identity, says the logo (pictured) will be further developed by freelance illustrator Mark Reddy. He confirms he would like to be given the design director title for the project, but says, “We haven’t agreed it yet.”
Corporate sponsors were confirmed for the Dome in the shape of BT, Manpower, Tesco and BAA, with a total of 58.5m of support promised. A further 16m is under discussion, leaving 75.5m to be found.
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