The National Media Museum in Bradford has chosen Ab Rogers Design to create a major new interactive gallery
The scheme on the 3rd floor of the city landmark will replace the museum’s main central exhibition space and is set to open in Autumn 2016.
Working to an initial budget of £500,000, the practice claims its approach is based on a ‘tactile, textural’ language with a ‘diverse but tonal palette of materials and colours’ which will respond ‘to the properties and behaviour of light and sound’.
Ab Rogers, the practice founder and the son of Richard Rogers, told the AJ: ‘We are trying to design something affordable, with a very solid infrastructure that can be very flexible and can be pulled [apart] both digitally and physically.
‘As long as the design is future-proofed and has a strong language which isn’t based on fashion of fickleness but on sincerity than it should last a long time.’
The contest was launched by the museum, which is part of the Science Museum Group, back in June (see below).
Rogers has already worked with the Science Museum on a number of projects, including a series of temporary exhibitions and a permanent gallery – Science News Now - at its Exhibition Road home in London.
First opened in 1983, the National Media Museum in Bradford features seven exhibitions and around 3.5 million items from photographic, film, television and gaming history in its archive.
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The winning team will oversee the design and construction of a new exhibition inside the West Yorkshire visitor attraction.
According to the contract notice: ‘This commission is intended to appoint a design practice that is able to provide architectural/gallery design services, but also help procure, manage and lead a team of specialist designers under the guidance of the external project manager.’
The document continued: ‘The lead designer will be expected to coordinate their own design, along with the design input of their team of specialist designers, with the 30 interactive exhibits designed and procured separately by the client team.’
The announcement comes after Bradford Council and the Science Museum Group pledged £1 million each towards improvements at the high-profile museum.
The new gallery is expected to boost visitor numbers which fell from one million in 2001 to less than 500,000 in 2013.
First opened in 1983, the museum features seven exhibitions and around 3.5 million items from photographic, film, television and gaming history in its archive.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 17 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Science Museum Group
National Media Museum
Tel: +44 2079424000