Aim Design worked alongside Dundee Science Centre to develop a new Stage I visitor experience, café and reception concept focusing on young people and families with accessibility and community integration at the heart of the design brief. A series of alterations and additions have been designed including reception / retail experiences, a science café and extensive exhibition areas.
The primary areas of design development focused on the transformation of the centre into a fully immersive, inspiring and accessible science learning environment. The development of the learning outcomes were driven by and developed in collaboration with regional community groups. The space includes: an under-7 zone; sensory room; design it, make it, test it workshop; interactive walls and science presentation spaces. The exhibition interactives are intentionally low-tech, mainly object-based to encourage group participation and minimise barriers between the various user groups. Interactives include: wall puzzles and tests; science booth interactives; sensory water experiments as well as mechanical and kinetic challenges.
A large prism void space is repurposed as a multi-use science activity area hosting the café. This area also incorporates science events that facilitating small booth-based events and large gatherings / group events. The entire prism includes a kinetic kaleidoscope feature suspended throughout the prism void changing in reaction to the temperature and light within the space.