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Contest opens for Washington DC sci-fi museum

An international competition has been launched to design a £1.2 million temporary Museum of Science Fiction in the American capital

Open to students, architects and designers – the contest seeks ideas for a 370m² pop-up to house the museum while plans for a permanent base are developed.

The temporary ‘preview museum’ must accommodate up to 300 visitors at a time and feature at least seven exhibits.

It will host a large scale model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek and will also include a box office, 5m² gift shop, 9m² manager’s office, cloak room and toilets.

Planned to last three years, the demountable structure will occupy an empty Washington DC plot close to a transport hub before being relocated to another city. Designs should therefore allow for quick and simple dismantling and construction.

The volunteer-led organisation launched last year with a mission to become the ‘world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum’.

The Museum of Science Fiction plans to cover the genre’s entire history across the arts and explore its relationship with the real world.

The temporary exhibition structure will be expected to boost awareness of plans for a larger permanent sci-fi museum in the future.

It will also be used for testing new exhibition technologies and fundraising events. The building will furthermore become a research centre and social hub for science fiction enthusiasts.

The deadline for registration is 25 July and submissions must be complete by 31 August.

The winner of the £600 cash prize will be announced on 15 September.







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