Science Museum: Wellcome Wing

London, UK

For WilkinsonEyre, this project represents a new venture in cutting edge interactive exhibition design, and a continuation of the strong working relationship established with the Science Museum through our work at the adjacent Making of the Modern World Gallery and the Challenge of Materials Gallery.

The Wellcome Wing has been designed to be an essentially low light environment, with a blue glass wall on the west elevation combining with blue-lit side walls to create an intensely coloured space. Lighting, therefore, played a significant role in the design of the exhibitions within.

These include the Pattern Pod, an innovative interactive exhibit aimed at younger visitors. The entrance to the wing is framed by a glowing orange zone, creating a strong contrast with the naturally lit Making the Modern World Gallery beyond, and installations artists and sculptors enliven the space.

Large backlit signage panels provide easy navigation, while all exhibits glow with coloured light.