Project Description

Cosmonauts at The Science Museum

Recently opened at London’s Science Museum, the new “Cosmonauts” gallery tells the story of Russian space exploration, with an exciting collection of objects and artworks never previously on public view.

As part of this unique exhibition, Designers Real Studios and DHA Design wanted to create an unworldly environment for the display of a test flight mannequin from the 1960’s. This life size, golden coloured figure contained radiation sensors and was sent around the moon in a Zond 7 spacecraft.

Taking inspiration from James Turrell, DHA Design used a combination of LED lighting solutions from Architainment to create a richly atmospheric room in which the figure reclines, contemplating the “red planet” beyond.

LED Linear VarioLED Aton RED was used to create the red ceiling feature, whilst VarioLED ECO HD BLUE was installed around the perimeter at floor level. To complete the effect, eight eColorCove MX Powercore fittings from Philips Color Kinetics were integrated into the base of the plinth.

Client > The Science Museum

Lighting Designer > DHA Design

Photography > Philip Vile