Engaging Spaces. Exhibition Design Explored by Kossmann.dejong is an inspiring book for anyone interested in designing exhibitions. With the Chinese theme pavilion Urbanian Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, the Florence Nightingale Museum in Londen, Het Dolhuys, museum for psychiatry in Haarlem and the Wonder Rooms in Gemeentemuseum The Hague.
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Creating an inspiring exhibition is about telling a multi-dimensional and interactive story with a balanced and broad array of media. That is the task of the exhibition designer. The challenge is to translate often complex and scientific information into a narrative environment that appeals to a wide audience. When executed effectively, Engaging Spaces can educate, excite and entertain, providing the visitors with an experience to remember.
Highlighted in this book are 30 narrative spaces orchestrated by renowned Dutch exhibition architecture office Kossmann.dejong. Featured environments range from permanent presentations in museums and visitor centers to temporary exhibitions, among them the Urbanian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Full-page photos accompanied by written explanations offer insight into how these narrative spaces are composed. Sketches, plans and sections make the designs fully comprehensible. A separate chapter explains a dozen key concepts -interaction, abstraction, media mix, routing and more- that inform most narrative environments.
Background information on this specialist field is provided in an essay by curator and architecture historian Suzanne Mulder, who places the work of Kossmann.dejong in its cultural and historical context, and in an inspiring conversation between the founders of Kossmann.dejong and professor of scenographic design Frank den Oudsten, which explores their shared search for the essence of exhibition design and narrative spaces.
Most environments featured in this book are temporary by nature, yet the components that went into their making remain valid today. That makes Engaging Spaces a valuable and timeless sourcebook for everyone interested in the field of exhibition design.