Discover Infrastructure

Discover Infrastructure

Discover Infrastructure | High Speed 1 and Crossrail | 2016

In October 2015, Arup commissioned us to create an installation for the V&A exhibition “Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design”. With the exhibition due to open in June 2016, we were challenged to create a piece that would tell the stories of two significant London infrastructure projects:

  • High Speed 1, also known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link
  • Crossrail, also known as the Elizabeth Line

Our aim was to tell facts that the public would want to share with their friends and families and to tell those stories along the routes of both railways. In order to visualise the physical location of those stories we created an interactive three dimensional map that could visualise all of London and the south east of England in real time.

Taking cues from the existing space and signage designs for the wider exhibition we created an exhibit comprised of a pair of screens that allowed all visitors to explore all the fascinating stories of HS1 and Crossrail. The first screen was on an architectural scale to give a widescreen overview, whilst the second was at a human scale, comprising of a portrait orientation touchscreen that allowed for interactive exploration.

We collaborated with Arup, Crossrail and the V&A to gather over fifty pieces of multimedia for the exhibit – ranging from a video of the moving of a listed house to photography of the discovery of an ancient elephant.