The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the selection of Diller Scofidio + Renfro as designers of the gallery and visitor experience for the reopening of the museum campus in 2014. Local Projects will act as participatory media designer and develop engaging ways to access digital content at the museum and remotely.
Cooper-Hewitt’s main facility, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, is undergoing renovation as part of a $64 million capital campaign that includes enlarged and enhanced facilities for exhibitions, collections display, education programming and the National Design Library, and an increased endowment. The expansion is a collaboration between design architect Gluckman Mayner Architects and executive architect Beyer Blinder Belle. The project also involves a program of historic preservation, working within preservation parameters established by Beyer Blinder Belle, and will aim for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.