DE was called by the Executive Director of the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre to work with them on re-conceptualizing one of their main exhibit spaces. The H.R. Macmillan Space Centre is one of British Columbia’s most respected cultural institutions hence it was an honour to be chosen for this assignment. This design challenge brought together DE expertise in content direction, 3D exhibit design, and environmental graphic art direction.
The exhibit space was 4,000 square feet and was to bring to life content relating to ancient Chinese scholarship related to astronomy as well as modern science and technology used for observing the Earth. These two diverse, yet related themes were woven together by DE content experts and brought to life with physical exhibits that promoted visitor interaction with both the exhibits themselves and other visitors. The bold challenge of creating a social learning environment was a fantastic opportunity to utilize DE’s integrated design approach that connects disciplinary experts and guides them to a common goal.
The work of DE laid the foundation for further development and resulted from positive feedback from the client:
“David Oswald brings a contemporary international sense of design to his projects and to his discussion with clients. He understands that today’s exhibition visitors are coming with perspectives that blend science, humanities, art and environmental concerns. He enjoys the challenge of design that stimulates and engages these many interests.”
— Donna Livingstone, Executive Director, H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.