Designing the Design Museum Foundation
Design Museum Foundation is a "multi-city, nomadic museum" that holds exhibitions where people already go such as retail, public, and outdoor spaces. The foundation strives to educate the world about design and raise awareness of and appreciation for good design.
"Design is everywhere. So are we."
The prompt of this studio was to design a headquarter for the foundation that accomodates their office as well as public programs such as dining, retail, and exhibit. The site the first floor of an empty building on 7 Tide St in Boston, MA, where the foundation started. The building is located in Boston's Innovation District, across from the Boston Design Center.
While the idea of creating a headquarter for a nomadic museum seems contradictory,
the new space is designed with concept and system that fully expresses the foundation's very existence.
A traditional design museum's approach to educating people about design is elevating design by exhibiting it in a sepearate, designated museum space. However the Design Museum Foundation flips that approach to increase visibility & accessbility by integrating the exhibit in public spaces used in daily activities.
How can you counter the idea that design is for those who have the sensibility to understand it or those who can afford it?
How do you make something that is misunderstood to be an exclusive, private society and culture, seem more public?
NO WALLS: a large open space where boundaries defining programs are created only using
COLOR + FURNITURE + LIGHT
The space is largely divideded in two sections:
- "Defined": sectioned areas that aren't or visually open to the public including the Design Museum Foundation office and lobby, restrooms, kitchen, and storage spaces.
- "Undefined": a vast open space that accomodates a public lounge, dining, retail, event and exhibit space. Depending on which exhibit is taking place, the curator is free to assemble the space using the parts provided by the foundation in the way that most appropriately complements the exhibition.
BOOKLET ASSEMBLING THE DESIGN MUSEUM FOUNDATION
The curator is provided with a booklet that acts as an assembly kit. It gives them information of the rules to color blocking certain spaces, various furniture parts, and the lighting grid. It also shows examples of furniture arrangements and program layout depending on the type of exhibit that could take place.
The design guide allows the Design Museum Foundation to retain its identity as a nomadic museum
with a headquarter that acts as a franchise model. With this system, the foundation can take over
any building in any city with a consistent aesthetic, increasing its recognizability as a brand.