Path Design revamps Natural History Museum cafés

Path Design is revamping the entire catering offer and a permanent retail outlet at London’s Natural History Museum.

The consultancy beat Universal Design Studio, M Worldwide, Andy Martin Associates and H Studio to win the £2m catering project three weeks ago.

The creative pitch, for which Path received a sum of £500 for expenses, began in September.

Project manager Cultural Innovations briefed Path to revamp the restaurant, two cafés and a staff dining area, as well as a small retail outletin the museum.

‘We are at an early stage and there are still presentations being made, but we hope to start working on the front and back ends of the catering areas and the shop soon,’ says Path director Jon Muskett.

Meanwhile, Cultural Innovations, which is also project managing the new Darwin Centre interactive media offer for the museum, has appointed Onedotzero, Clay, On101 and ISO to create 40 exhibits for the new facility.

Onedotzero is to design a generative ‘biodiversity canopy’ projection on the ceiling of the egg-shaped exhibition hall, while Clay is creating a standalone interactive wall.

Darwin Centre exhibition designer At Large contributed to the briefs, with the aim of ‘getting rid of the stuffy image of scientists and adding “wow” factor to the exhibition’, says Cultural Innovations project manager Stuart Newton.

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