What Makes an Exhibition Space Great?

Created
Jan 11, 2023 7:15 AM

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

  1. Louvre museum in Paris
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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.

  1. National Museum in Singapore
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During my five-year working in Singapore, I frequently visited the National Gallery. This contemporary art museum is located in the heart of the city and is housed in two of Singapore's most iconic and historically significant buildings: the former Supreme Court and City Hall.

The National Gallery of Singapore's design, created by Studio Milou, effectively preserves the heritage of these buildings while also incorporating contemporary elements, such as a green roof and an atrium space, that showcase the country's dedication to sustainable design. The design of the National Gallery has been widely praised for its successful blending of contemporary and historic architecture.