The Rose Center for Earth and Space, Hall of the Universe, New York
Client: The American Museum of Natural History
Team: Architects: Polshek & Partners,
Exhibit Designers: Ralph Appelbaum Inc., Lead Designer: Nathalie Rozot
The design vocabulary of the new Hayden Planetarium exhibits was inspired by the fundamental concepts of rotation, gravity and spectra. Through the use of cutting-edge technologies and materials as well as innovative design strategies, the exhibit displays visually escape from earthly gravity—(bevels at edge conditions; non-reflective iron-free glass rail supports, clear resin model and artifact supports, three-dimensional audio-visual displays and backlit graphics, parabolic projections etc.). A general control system orchestrates the motions and gradates the lighting effects, so that the exhibit hall is constantly animated, in its whole and in its parts.
As a metaphorical reminder that light is key to astronomical sciences, prismatic louvers affixed to the curtain wall capture sunlight, and project roaming diffracted spectra across the exhibit spaces throughout the day.
2001 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA); Distinctive Merit Award,
2001 Merit Award, Exhibition Design/Museum Environments; Society for Environmental Graphic Design
2001 The Art Directors Club 80th Annual Awards