Working closely with the architect and contractor, Whittle was tasked with fabricating the innovative and exciting displays for Wonderlab Equinor Gallery at The Science Museum. The brief was to create an inviting and immersive experience, utilising a number of different materials.
Through bi-weekly site meetings and design workshops, our team was able to evolve a fantastic vision into a spectacular conclusion.
The project included a number of joinery challenges, which required detailed and specific engineering to ensure that the final interior would not only be inspirational and eye-catching but would also withstand increased visitor numbers and interaction. The 18 exhibits we were tasked with fabricating had to withstand being touched and handled...by children.
Showcasing our capability
The show space was a fundamental part of the project and material selection was incredibly important. Working from the architect’s vision Whittle introduced minor design developments to take into consideration the concrete building frame and fixing methods.
As a result of the innovative nature of the project and materials, Whittle built full-size cross-sections for sign off from the architect and client. This allowed everyone involved to see how the designs were evolving from their original concepts.
Our team showcased their ability to work with a variety of materials, constructing The Orrery Hood from a concave metal frame with plywood ribs and clad with bendy MDF. They completed the structure, at our workshop, with acoustic fabric panels, before delivering it to London in pieces, ready to be fixed together and hoisted into place. The whole installation of this huge exhibit was completed overnight. With LED lights installed, it is now a stunning exhibit of the night sky.