California Academy of Sciences
Islands of Evolution exhibit
The challenge: Design 20,000 square feet of exhibit space in Renzo Piano’s new museum, have it blend seamlessly into the building and the park setting, and then engage, educate and inspire a global audience. The Islands of Evolution exhibit examines the Academy's various expeditions and research in the Galápagos and Madagascar with a focus on evolution. We co-opted the scientific specimen box as a method of organizing content with a contemporary spin, allowing for the different kinds of information to be arranged in varied and compelling ways, creating a non-linear, “contemporary cabinet of curiosities.”
"Volume’s comprehensive approach to design and understanding of the exhibit experience was invaluable in accomplishing our goals."
Chris Andrews, Chief of Public Programs, California Academy of Sciences
"I’ve been meaning to say how great the exhibits look in the space!"
Rhonda Rubenstein, creative director, California Academy of Sciences
AIGA (Re)Design Awards / First Place
AIGA San Francisco Cause and Effect awards / Best in Category and Judges' choice
Communication Arts / "Exhibit" feature
Communication Arts Design Annual
Fast Company / “The California Academy of Sciences Delivers a Sustainable Message With Sustainable Exhibition Design”
Graphis Design 2010
Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes
Metropolis, "Green Design's Grand Experiment"
Print Regional Design Annual
SEGD / Honor award