Retail interior for Science Museum
Photographs © Andy Matthews

The Science Museum approached BAT Studio to design their first store outside the museum, a Christmas pop-up shop, after seeing previous published work by the studio which utilised unexpected materials to create unique and innovative projects.

A key part of BAT Studio’s concept for the Science Museum Store design was using colour and repetition, to create surfaces with texture and depth that references sweetshops and pharmacies. To achieve this, 4,000 test tubes filled with coloured water form screens which line walls and highlight focal points in the shops interior.

Framing displays of chemistry sets and other science themed toys, both the decoration and the content of the shop complement each other creating a colourful and playful space.

A second key aspect of the store’s design was to utilise materials which could be considered as ubiquitous components in the science of modern buildings but which are rarely elevated to be used for their aesthetics. Galvanised steel channel and cable tray carry the services throughout modern spaces. Although sometimes left exposed, the flexibility of the material offers much potential away from their designed purposes which is rarely explored. BAT Studio has a long running interest in appropriating materials and technologies into spaces in innovative ways and having used galvanised channel before where keen to further explore and refine its potential.

Shelves are formed by cable tray, suspended from galvanised channel by threaded bar, to reference how cable tray is usually installed in ceiling and services voids. The flexible material is also used in vertical orientation to provide peg boards, construct tables and the till counter.

An installation for Bibliothèque
In collaboration with The Workers

This digital installation, celebrating the 10th birthday of Bibliothèque, showcases a selection of their projects created over this period, presented on 24 wall mounted screens.

Visitors are encouraged to push the button that either ‘Reset’ the screens to single projects, or alternatively ‘Randomise’ the content to create rich juxtapositions of many projects. 
A reinterpretation of the studio’s output to date, a reset – a celebration of the past ten years, in anticipation of the next ten.

Installation for Tate Britain
In collaboration with The Workers

In 2014, BAT Studio director David Di Duca joined our good friends and frequent collaborators, The Workers, as part of the Tate IK prize winning team. David was able to contribute BAT's experience and expertise in the delivery of complex bespoke physical projects to compliment The Workers digital production expertise.

After Dark was the winning entry for the 2014 Tate IK Prize and the project went live at Tate Britain in August the same year.

For five nights, four robots roamed the Tate galleries, remotely controlled by hundreds of users all over the world through a dedicated web-site.

The operators and everyone else who visited the site were able to see through the eyes of the robots, experiencing a unique view of the galleries After Dark, in the middle of the night after the Tate Britain had closed.

The project had a great reception and generated a huge amount of interest with tens of thousands of people watching the live video stream every evening. We really enjoyed the whole project and hope to take After Dark forward and release the robots to explore other exciting environments soon.

BAT Studio are currently working on initial proposals for a rear extension to this London town house.

Retail interior for Frenchologie
Photographs © Andy Matthews

Through considered design and innovative application, BAT Studio has elevated often hidden building materials to prominence whilst forming a striking and original retail environment in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.

Following the recent success their BAT Studio designed pop up shop nearby, Frenchologie commissioned BAT Studio to design a new store for their fast developing retail brand. The brief was to produce a flexible retail space, with the ability to be altered as their ever changing range of designer goods evolves.

With a tight budget requiring an innovative approach, BAT Studio’s concept was to design and build the shop like a "giant Meccano set" by utilising Unistrut - a set of utilitarian building components that are usually used for services and concealed within ceiling voids.

To form the shop, metal channels have been bolted together with carefully considered details. A primary structure forms a ceiling grid across the entire shop from which other components such as clothes rails, shelves and jewellery display cases are suspended. Even the changing room is formed from the flexible multi-purpose system.

Clamped between the Unistrut channels are polycarbonate sheets, to form surfaces for the shelves, changing room and till counter. Utilising the palette of these two materials has created a unique interior, that shows off and frames the products to great effect.

Over time the shop can be reconfigured to create more shelving, rails or display cases as Frenchologie require. We look forward to seeing how the shop evolves...

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