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Contest launched for Museum of Science Fiction interior

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An international design competition has been launched for the interior fit-out of a pop-up science fiction museum in Washington DC

Open to students, architects, industrial designers, and exhibition designers – the contest seeks ideas for a 370m² gallery space.

Featuring a £600 top prize, the competition is part of plans to create a £1.2 million temporary Museum of Science Fiction in the American capital.

A design competition for the exterior of the pop-up structure – which will house the museum while plans for a permanent base are developed – was launched in May and the winner is expected to be announced soon.

The new exhibition space must feature at least seven exhibits which can be rotated periodically during the expected four-year life cycle of the temporary museum.

Seating for up to 150 people and facilities for fundraising events are also required. Entries are expected to demonstrate how the space can be safely used for both events and ‘immersive and interactive’ exhibition environments.

Planned to last four years, the demountable structure will occupy an empty Washington DC plot close to a transport hub before being relocated to another city.

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. The building will furthermore become a research centre and social hub for science fiction enthusiasts.

The winners of the interior contest will be notified in mid-November and may be invited to further develop their designs.

The deadline for registration is 31 October.








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