Schwerin National Museum
Boring. Dusty. Uncool. That’s what most kids will think about a visit to a museum. So it was a genuine challenge for us at inkl.Design when we teamed up with Schwerin National Museum to bring their art collection to life for younger visitors. Our task was to surprise and excite them. Our solution was to turn the Gallery of Old & New Masters into an adventure space, so that the children would be at the heart of the whole thing. A hands-on approach was essential.
In the room children can let their artistic and imaginative selves run riot. Specially selected materials for do-it-yourself activities, along with brain teasers, puzzles and games, closely related to the varying exhibitions, encourage 5 to 10 year olds to get involved. They can draw, stamp, stencil, build, glue, and investigate new and unfamiliar worlds, with full artistic licence. Specially designed workstations provide plenty of spaces for all types of activity. Drawers, packed with a variety of materials inspire junior detectives and explorers to make their own journeys of discovery through play. New and appropriate materials are supplied for each different exhibition, whether just a pencil or a range of exotic spices (for the museum’s Passage to India exhibition). And of course, works produced by young artists can be immediately framed and exhibited on site.
inkl.Design his the major creative force behind every element of the adventure space, from concept, to layout and final execution. We also incorporated a characterful guide, the mischievous, moustachioed ‘Kurti’ who acts as escort and introduction to children as they find their way round the adventure space.
Our long-term collaborator BALDAUFarchitektur devised the interior design and child-friendly furnishing. Every component of the furniture is specially designed for disability access and children with mobility issues.