Part 1: What make an exhibition space “great”
Some key features that might contribute to a great exhibition space in my preference order are: 1. Architectural form and space: The exhibition space should have attractive architecture/ space, featuring exhibits that are well-designed and well-maintained. The lighting, graphics, and other design elements should work together to enhance the overall aesthetic of the space.
Figure: Space and roof structure of Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi
2. Layout and flow: The layout and flow of the space should be well-designed, making it easy to navigate and guiding visitors through the exhibition in an engaging and logical manner
Figure: Open and flexible exhibition layout plan from SAANA 3. Engaging and informative exhibits: The exhibits should be both engaging and informative, making them interesting and easy to understand.
Figure: Information and narrative of the exhibition 4. Accessibility: The exhibition space should be open and accessible to all visitors and comply with the code of accessibility
Figure: Code of accessibility in exhibition spaces
Part 2: Name a few (two or three) exhibition spaces or museums that you've really enjoyed
I have been to two famous museum / exhibition spaces and I choose Louvre Museum in Paris and the National Gallery of Singapore
- Louvre museum in Paris
In 2013, I had the opportunity to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris and I was greatly impressed by the museum's modern addition. The main entrance of the museum, the pyramid, stood out to me as a prime example of seamless integration between historic and modern architecture. The pyramid's shape and symmetry blended perfectly with the palace's existing architecture, as seen in the palace's courtyards and smaller pyramids surrounding it.
Additionally, the pyramid's design was energy-efficient, as natural light filtered into the museum's underground lobby and galleries, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Overall, the pyramid's design not only added to the museum's aesthetic appeal, but also provided a unique visitor experience with its sense of wonder and mystery as one approaches the museum and the beautiful view of the pyramid from inside the palace.
- National Museum in Singapore
I frequented the National Gallery during my five years working there. The former Supreme Court and City Hall, two of Singapore's most recognizable and historically significant structures, are now home to this modern art museum, which is situated in the center of the city.
Studio Milou's design for the National Gallery of Singapore successfully protects the history of these structures while also including modern features, such as a green roof and an atrium area, that highlight the nation's commitment to sustainable architecture. The National Gallery's design has received high appreciation for its successful fusion of modern and ancient architecture.