DHA Designs provided lighting schemes for both the majestic central Hintze Hall, and the coinciding exhibition Whales: Beneath the Surface. To accompany the The Natural History Museum’s unveiling of the new Blue Whale in the Hintze Hall, a new exhibition opened at the same time emphasising the museum’s shift in emphasis from extinct marvels to endangered wonders.
Whales: Beneath the surface provides visitors with the chance to encounter some of the largest objects in the museums vast collection, and to reveal the complex lives of the biggest animals on the planet. On display there are more than 100 specimens which range from huge skeletons, skulls and most impressively the preserved flipper of a blue whale.
Whales: Beneath the Surface. ©Natural History Museum
The exhibition is open until February 28, 2018 at Natural History Museum, East Lawn, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom.
Opening in October 2016, DHA Designs were delighted to work on this beautiful collection of Medieval Embroidery. The exhibition was designed by Line Lu
nd of the V&A, who created a permanent-looking exhibition to house these very fragile and rare works.
DHA focused around 400 fibre optics and other spotlights on site to create a delicate lighting solution to every object, working together with a range of lenders including the Vatican, the Royal Collection and many churches and cathedrals. DHA ensured that the astonishing details, thread-work and images that have been preserved in these objects could be seen. The lighting and design creates a series of jewel boxes that illuminates these beautifully preserved artefacts, which sparkle under the careful lighting, even at only 30 – 50 lux.
Many of these objects are rarely displayed and they won’t be brought together again, so it was a privilege to light such a special and unique exhibition.
DHA Designs worked on the re-design of the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield as part of the £15.7m new Remembrance Centre. The beautiful site near Lichfield, is the national site of remembrance, and the exhibition “Landscapes of Life” tells the story of ways of remembrance and collection, and of the Arboretum itself.
Working with Real Studios, DHA designed a flexible and sympathetic lighting solution, to highlight the collection and create a series of atmospheric spaces. The balance of the lighting and the AV was critical in complimenting Real Studio’s immersive design, and one visited my many who’ve lost loved ones.
More information on the Arboretum can be found here > http://www.thenma.org.uk
Photo Credit: Philip Vile
DHA Designs were delighted to work on Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London, working with Skellon Studio. The exhibition commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and creates a theatrical journey from Pudding Lane to the Aftermath, using illustrations, setworks and lighting inspired by the period.
The exhibition, which is particularly popular with school groups, also showcases many artefacts from the museum’s rich collection of that period, as well as those salvaged from the fire. The challenge for the lighting was to engage the children with theatrical effects without overwhelming the objects and their conservation lighting.
The lighting plays with colour temperature as part of the visitor route: from twilight in Pudding Lane, to the warmth of the Fire itself, then to the grey smoke of the Aftermath. The final area is warmed up to end on the positive re-building of the city.
Photo Credit: Museum of London
Our recent work for Casson Mann and the National Maritime Museum, the Navy, Nelson & Nation exhibition is covered in a piece by Tom Banks in Design Week. The article describes how the exhibition gives visitors an impression of shipboard life by using spaces with similar dimensions to those experienced by sailors.