at the American Museum of Natural History, opened June 2003
This was a renovation of a beloved and historic public space. One challenge was integrating new themes, displays, and technology without diminishing its previous appeal. The central icon of a full size blue whale remains the centerpiece of this 29,000 sq ft hall, but ripple lighting and aquatic soundscape now suggest a vast, underwater space. High-definition video projections, touchable models, and interactive computer stations blend in with the classic dioramas, and eight new ecosystem displays with a ficus on biodiversity and conservation.