Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
New York, New York
Square Footage: 39,000 (Main Hangar Deck)
Interior Architecture Citation of Merit, 2009
AIA, Chicago Chapter
Honorable Mention, Institutional Category, 2009
ASID, Illinois Chapter
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an iconic cultural institution and vital component of New York City's tourist and educational landscape. The museum campus includes a visitor's center, the SSG Growler cold war missile submarine, a British Airways Concorde jet and a collection of over 20 historic military aircraft. All are displayed on the flight and hangar decks of the aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid. We renovated the interior of the Intrepid's hangar deck (the primary exhibit space) by developing a new exhibit and display system standard for the entire museum campus.
Working with the museum's curatorial department, we assessed existing artifacts, content, circulation and audience types and analyzed educational, special events and fundraising/donor programs. From this process, we crafted an experience strategy based on the juxtaposition of the technical "machine" aspects of the ship and artifacts against the emotive "human stories" of the ship's crew, traditions and historic eras. Our design solution creates a new visitor experience and incorporates a dynamic modular framework that supports flexible artifact installation, improved lighting, enhanced video projection and integrated new, interactive technologies. This system improved visitor flow and content comprehension while respecting the USS Intrepid's National Historic Landmark status.