Part of a £20m overhaul of the MoL, the hall is one of five new spaces comprising the Galleries of Modern London, which tell the story of the capital from the Great Fire of 1666 to today. Interfaces in the hall will give visitors access to information and images of the MoL’s modern London collections.
The mouse-operated information point ’is effectively a targeted website, as it uses the same techniques’, says Precedent design director David Curless. He says he sought to create an inclusive design which would appeal to the very young and the elderly.
MoL branding by Coley Porter Bell has influenced the look and feel of the interface. ’The logo is soft, layered and organic, so we’ve taken that approach, softening and rounding all corners where possible,’ Curless says.
A full website is being designed on the strength of this work, which is due to launch at the end of the summer. It will better show the MoL collection, Curless says, and use image carousels so visitors can ’flick through’ items.
Precedent’s interface will be housed in leather-clad ’study pods’ (pictured), created by Furneaux Stewart Design, which has designed the whole space. An elliptical structure with LEDs and plasma screens, which will show a film designed by The Light Surgeons, hangs in the double-height gallery.
Consultancy founding partner John Furneaux says, ’It’s designed to communicate by showing live news feeds of London.’ The Sackler Hall will serve as a place of respite by day, and contains a café from where the ellipse can be observed.
By night, Furneaux says it will be ’a serious corporate space’ where screen content can be changed.
Museum of London
- The refurbished Galleries of Modern London are part of a £20m overhaul, and open on 28 May
- London is charted from 1666 to the present day in the exhibition, which includes 7000 objects and interactive displays
- Furneaux Stewart Design has designed the Sackler Hall, and it collaborated with The Light Surgeons on an elliptical information wall
- Precedent is designing the Museum of London’s new website, following its work on interface design for the Sackler Hall