British Museum

Metaphor, Purcell

We worked with Purcell on converting the British Museum’s Round Reading Room into a temporary exhibition gallery, thus transforming the whole of the Great Court. Metaphor developed the overall plan for managing the visitor flow, queuing, ticketing, retail. Purcell inserted a platform over the historic library furniture. Metaphor then designed the access to the raised platform, as well as a circular lighting rig and flexible service layout.

A key issue was light adaptation, from the bright Great Court (up to 20000 Lux) down to 50 Lux in the gallery. We achieved this by devising an entrance sequence that wrapped around the inside of the perimeter, allowing at least seven minutes for visitors to adapt to the change.