2023 Design Excellence Award
Architecture, engineering, interiors, audiovisual design, lighting design
DLR Group led the way to the Heard Museum's most successful gallery and wayfinding renovation, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery and Nina Manson Pulliam Charitable Trust crosswalk that directly helped us achieve the most attended year [to date] in the museum's 88-year history."
The resulting projects provide flexibility and accommodation for large-scale traveling exhibits, a clear circulation sequence for visitors, and improved security while maintaining the historic charm and presence of this beloved museum.
Our renovation design creates a more expansive and integrated gallery combining the existing Ullman and Lincoln Galleries into a single, exhibit space. The design visually unifies the two galleries by joining the flooring between the previous disparate spaces as a single-floor level. The new Grand Gallery provides flexibility of arrangement capable of accommodating large-scale traveling exhibits.
Our design for a renovated central courtyard and lobby unifies and strengthens the courtyard’s exterior presence as an oasis within the large complex, while offering a generous area of arrival and a new, clear wayfinding sequence for visitors. A new circulation flow connects guests departing the museum with other adjacent amenities such as the gift shop, bookstore, and indoor/outdoor café.
Our design to renovate the two-story Jacobson Gallery (originally built in 1966) accommodates a permanent exhibit celebrating the art and culture of four nations through the works of contemporary Native American video artists and the nations’ rich histories. The project creates a “Sky Dome” as the central exhibit, with integrated projection technology transporting visitors to the physical environments of the Akimel O’Odham, Navajo, Yupik, and Seneca nations.
We were engaged to bring to life the compelling story of a particular artifact in the Cleveland Museum of Art archives – the “Cleveland Krishna.”Read More