This presentation will talk about the design and planning of the visitor experience; a sequence of events experienced over time within the context of the museum or heritage site. As architects we are taught to think conceptually, spatially and to consider adjacencies and function, but the perception of time in conjunction with the experience of space is not usually part of our learning curriculum. For the recognition and understanding of the visitor experience in the museum, thinking in time is an essential part of the planning process. The talk will draw some comparisons between the museum visit and the spatial qualities and narrative structure of film. The attention of the viewer of a film is carried by the sequential presentation of narrative fragments embedded in a spatial context. Similarly visitors to a museum, perceive the content as they move sequentially through the spaces of the museum.
Using examples of projects by the studio Duncan McCauley the presentation will give an insight into some thoughts about narrative, sequential spaces and how the planning of a cultural site, a museum, or an exhibition requires thinking in time as well as in space, to create a successful visitor experience. The projects will include among others, the design of a new cultural forum at Weimar Castle in Germany, and the exhibition “Botticelli Reimagined” at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The lecture is given in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.
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