Queensland Museum Sciencentre
Dr Stephen Long
This project will transform the Queensland Museum Sciencentre into a world leading science experience. A memorable environment will be created that welcomes, inspires and engages the curiosity of families, school groups and independent adults. It will be a unique and engaging experience that encourages interaction with STEM, making it familiar and relevant. This engagement will include observation, interaction and experimentation.
The Queensland Museum Sciencentre project follows an international lineage of science centres, most recently the Wonderlabs in the UK, that have at their origins the Faraday Lectures of the Royal Institution. The sense of excitement and intrigue generated by the Faraday lectures will be rekindled in this redevelopment.
Science and interactive displays will be most influential when they are grounded in local qualities of place.
Most Queensland population centres, even in arid areas, are identified with river systems. A sinuous river-like ribbon will define and interweave gallery spaces. This ribbon provides a surface for projection as well as opportunities for smaller, more personal niches and passages for exploration of exhibits. Occasional crawl spaces provide children with the chance to escape to a world of their own scale.
The space created by the ribbon is inspired by Aboriginal building traditions of North Queensland. The structure of this ribbon is inspired by the technology of Torres Strait Island fish scoops and Melanesian textiles held in the QM collection.
We have envisaged a science playground with zones of varying levels of intensity, high volume active zones, zones of individual enquiry, places for social interaction and collaborative making.