First Light Pavilion Highly Commended in Design Week Awards


Our project at Jodrell Bank has been Highly Commended in the 2023 Design Week Awards

The First Light Pavilion is a purpose-built visitor centre at Jodrell Bank, the world’s first radio astronomy site and home to the radio telescope that detected quasars, black holes, and Sputnik 1. This exciting project has been awarded Highly Commended in the Exhibition Design category of the Design Week Awards, which celebrate design excellence, championing commercial design across all disciplines.

"At the heart of Casson Mann’s plans for the exhibition was the use of the giant dish panels from the 1957 Lovell Telescope as a focal point, allowing visitors to have direct contact with this special piece of equipment that has been touched by cosmic rays and ‘space dust’. This dish also serves as a surface for multimedia projections which show the stories of Jodrell scientists. Elsewhere, interactive elements offer visitors the chance to crawl into a black hole, climb into a flying saucer, and sit in a deckchair once used to record cosmic phenomena. Across all aspects of the exhibition, Jodrell’s unique history is positioned centre stage, communicating both the human stories and the scientific breakthroughs that it has been home to over the years."

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