Primaver 2002 (PDF) - Lord Cultural Resources
Making Your Museum LobbyFunctional and WelcomingA New Service from LORD Cultural Resourcesby Matthew Dawson, Design Director and Catharine Tanner, Director of Facilities PlanningWhether undergoing new construction,remodelling or changing the museumimage, staff may wonder how well theirlobby is serving the public:• Is the information desk welcomingand accessible to all?• Can visitors easily find their waythrough the lobby and into thegallery spaces?• Does the lobby provide seating forguests waiting to meet others?These are the types of practical issuesLORD tackles as part of a Lobby Review,a new service in our expanding servicestream of facility planning.Lobbies are complex spaces withcompeting activities such as ticketing,queuing, gathering, resting, and shopping.Planning a well functioning lobbyrequires both breadth of experienceand focus, ranging from a full understandingof how museums work tospecific visitors’ needs within lobbyspaces.LORD recently completed a LobbyReview of the New Wing for theDenver Art Museum. Gail Lord andCatharine Tanner met with the museumstaff and architects, reviewedarchitect Daniel Libeskind’s plans, andestablished a list of recommendationsto improve the lobby functionality. TheLobby Review occurred during theDesign Development phase of theproject, which allowed the architect todevelop theplans to anadequatelevel ofdetail, yet notso far as tomake designchangesexpensive.Catharine Tannerat the Denver Art Museum Workshop.continued on page 2Children enjoy the Reading Tree; an area defined forreading and programming in Peter Rabbit’s Garden TM :A Beatrix Potter Exhibition (see page 2).In This Issue:• LORD Offers New Service – Lobby Review• Our Work in Texas• From Shania Twain to the Spirit of Aspen:Latest News from the Exhibition Studio• LORD Represents NASA at ConferenceNEWSletterSPRING 2002Deep in the Heart of Texasby Ted Silberberg, Principal, Market and Financial PlanningDallas is hosting the 34th conferenceof the American Association ofMuseums this year, which alsohappens to be LORD’s 10th anniversaryof work in Texas. Our first projectwas an independent review of abusiness plan for adaptive re-use ofthe Old Red Courthouse, one of thefew remaining historic buildings in thedowntown. We advised that the planproposed for the Courthouse was notpractical and found the attendance andfinancial projections unrealistic. In aletter, Dallas County thanked us forhelping them to “avoid entering into afinancially infeasible restoration andexhibit project.”Soon after, we prepared a developmentplan for the USS Lexington inCorpus Christi, a World War II aircraftcarrier that remains one of the moreremarkable museum-related attractionsin the country on the basis of itsability to maximize earned income.In more recent years, LORD has beenhonored to work on several veryimportant projects in the Dallas area.We prepared the heritage and visualarts components of the Cultural Planfor the City ofDallas, ablueprint forthe developmentof artsand culturein the city foryears tocome, andcontinued on page 3Old Red Courthouse, Dallas.