structure. Translucent stretched ceiling strips over the LEDs provide
diffused and uniform light above the exhibits. The intention is also
for the lighting solution to provide spatial connectivity throughout
and enormous flexibility as requirements develop.
The interior lighting grid is echoed on the exterior walking surface,
marking the structural network while at the same time organising the
public space. The result is a deep relationship and interconnection of
spaces that helps to achieve a sense of total continuity.
For the exterior landscape, side-emitting fibre optics are used to define
the floor grid, creating a geometric light pattern in the public space,
creating the visitor pathways and defining recreation areas that have
unobstructed views to the ocean. The lighting grid is extended towards
the sea, sinking and illuminating as it fades under the water.
The grid dissolves towards the city creating triangular marble geometric
patterns on the concrete floor, which become more concentrated towards
the entrance. Here the public routes to the museum converge attracting
visitors to the entrance. Embedded lights under the marble floor patterns
act as strong navigation elements when illuminated at night. On the
deepest part of the sunken volume, a ‘light ring’ signals the entry point
for the ‘submarine’ which can be used to travel around the museum.
The concept for the DMMRC, which will be tendered later this year and
scheduled for completion in 2023, has garnered plaudits including a
bronze 2016 American Architecture Prize, New York, a special mention in
the German Design Awards 2017 and a gold Spark Award in New York.
Outside, side-emitting fibre optics are used to define the floor grid, creating
a geometric light pattern in the public space. This is extended towards the sea,
sinking and illuminating as it fades under the water