Museum of Science+Industry Chicago

The Nature of Numbers

Not long ago Provost Studio had the pleasure of exploring and proposing ideas for the design of a new educational exhibit for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  The concept for the exhibit's theme "The Nature of Numbers", resulted from an exploration into the relationship between pattern, mathematics, structure, and human experience. The exhibit/experience design seamlessly connected curated content, interactive display, and surrounding exhibit space.


Spatial Expression. Digital Fabrication.

Digital design and fabrication are exciting avenues for creative exploration of the possibilities of spatial expression. We chose to harness complex digital modelling tools such as Rhino and Grasshopper to create engaging physical expressions of pattern and mathematics.


Formal Elements

Visitors first indication and impression of the exhibit begins with large scale environmental graphic leading to an  entry portal. The portal is enclosed by internally-lit walls that rise and wrap the space with its specific hexagonal patterning. Embedded into this is the opportunity to engage with visitors through light box graphics, text, artifacts, and projected panel imagery, housed within the hexagonal "cells".