This year Todd van Hulzen and Studio Louter are submitting some projects together for various awards. For one particular international award we made a little video tour of the new permanent installation at NEMO: World of Shapes / Wereld van vormen. Narrated by yours truly!
Het Geheugenpaleis (Palace of Memory) in the National Archives in the Hague has won the award in the category “Best International Exhibition”. We jaunted off to London on a lark to be there when the winners were announced, and were totally over the moon when we heard that in spite of the steep competition, we had actually won. I say “we”, but the award truly goes to the team that conceived of it all in the first place, and that would be the folks at the National Archives themselves. So even though I like to claim the award as the chief designer and artist, it will be proudly standing on a mantle in the Hague somewhere. Congratulations especially to Nancy Hovingh at the archives who enthusiastically ferried the project through 3 years of development and production, and a big high 5 to our favourite team at Studio Louter.
The committee reviewed the design thus (full review here):
“The cardboard design solution is not just sustainable, it looks remarkable too. The cardboard carries one of the central tropes of the exhibition: a memory palace created of stacked archival boxes. By stacking hundreds of boxes in an oblique bond, patterns are created that catch the coloured light in continuously changing waves. The graphic material is all printed on layered honeycomb panels. The effect is controlled and subdued, in spite of the enormous amount of information and a variety of lighting effects. It’s all tied together by that one core element: the archival box.
The National Archives inaugural exhibition Het Geheugenpaleis (the Palace of Memory) has been shortlisted for the 2014 Museum and Heritage Awards in London. Apparently our designs for this project were innovative enough to garner attention from abroad, and we are rather proud of that.
Our competition in the category International Award (the award is a primarily British affair) will be: The Olympic Museum in Switzerland, The Springbok Experience in South Africa, The Gemeentemuseum in the Hague, and The Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium.
The winners will be announced in May and Todd plans to be there with our colleagues at Studio Louter and Het Nationaal Archief. A good excuse to iron the tuxedo!
As we described in an earlier post, we were nominated for an “InternationalMuse Award”, the prestigious award presented by the American Association of Museums, in the category of “Multimedia Installation” for our work at the Broekerveiling, the floating action house. Considering the competition, we are very pleased with our Honorable Mention. Following is the text from the association website:
Museum Broeker Veiling – ‘The Auction Day’
Museum Broeker Veiling, Broek op Langedijk and Museumstudio, Amsterdam & Todd van Hulzen Design
The most ingenious part of this project lies in its combination of the real-sized model, camera, and projector to create a unique story-telling platform, presenting the main
characteristics of the very museum and cultural distinctiveness of the locale. Elaborately designed music score, narration and atmosphere not onlyconveythe general idea of what the museum is to address but also create a visiting experience of profound richness for the audience