Powering the Future

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You Are Energy is the first installation to catch the visitor’s attention. It consists of a big, interactive concrete wall which illuminates from within when force is applied to it. Visitors are invited to test their strength and meet the challenge of inducing an explosion.

You Are Energy is the first installation to catch the visitor’s attention. It consists of a big, interactive concrete wall which illuminates from within when force is applied to it. Visitors are invited to test their strength and meet the challenge of inducing an explosion.

The Lightning is an interactive table with lingering particles. The particles are positive and negative charges that attract each other, but are repelled by their own kind.

The Lightning is an interactive table with lingering particles. The particles are positive and negative charges that attract each other, but are repelled by their own kind.

When visitors collect the negatives by stroking their fingers along the surface, an imbalance caused by the build-up creates a bolt of thundering lightning, similar to what one experiences in nature.

When visitors collect the negatives by stroking their fingers along the surface, an imbalance caused by the build-up creates a bolt of thundering lightning, similar to what one experiences in nature.

Örsted’s Compass is a reconstruction of Örsted’s experiment where the relationship between electric power and magnetic power was discovered. This discovery eventually made possible the mass production of electricity.

Örsted’s Compass is a reconstruction of Örsted’s experiment where the relationship between electric power and magnetic power was discovered. This discovery eventually made possible the mass production of electricity.

The Reservoir is operated by visitors pumping virtual water to fill a reservoir. They learn that the energy they put into filling the reservoir with water becomes stored energy that can be used to power appliances.

The Reservoir is operated by visitors pumping virtual water to fill a reservoir. They learn that the energy they put into filling the reservoir with water becomes stored energy that can be used to power appliances.

Wind Power gives visitors the opportunity to compete in harnessing wind against time.

Wind Power gives visitors the opportunity to compete in harnessing wind against time.

Energy of the World is a tangible timeline that reviews the major milestones and discoveries in the history of electrical production.

Energy of the World is a tangible timeline that reviews the major milestones and discoveries in the history of electrical production.

The Generator is a reconstruction of a typical generator that allows visitors to create an oscillating current for light bulbs through the turning of a wheel.

The Generator is a reconstruction of a typical generator that allows visitors to create an oscillating current for light bulbs through the turning of a wheel.

The Power Station is a representation of a hydro- and geothermal power plant. Three wheels allow visitors to release running water and steam through large pipes. This combination generates enough power to run a large central turbine.

The Power Station is a representation of a hydro- and geothermal power plant. Three wheels allow visitors to release running water and steam through large pipes. This combination generates enough power to run a large central turbine.

The central turbine of the Power Station.

The central turbine of the Power Station.

The project

Gagarin was hired to design and install a new exhibition at Ljósafossstöð, one of Iceland’s oldest hydro stations. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland.
 
The aim was to create a highly interactive and modern visitor center where everyone could learn about the basics of nature of electrical power, the discoveries thet led to the mass production of electricity and the development of harnessing renewable energy in Iceland today.  

The exhibition was designed in collaboration with Tvíhorf Architects.

The result is a bright and inviting exhibition, turning the hydro stations into an attractive new destination in the beautiful countryside close to the UNESCO heritage site of Þingvellir. Visitors are invited to dive into the essence of electricity and become inspired by this phenomenon, from the smallest electron to the fascinating engineering that powers all of our modern world. A large part of the exhibition consists of a powerful sound and kinetic light sculpture which is an ode to the natural phenomena that form the foundation of Iceland’s renewable electricity production.  

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Our role

Exhibition design
Project management
Conception and development of the installations
Media design
Graphic design
Interaction design
Programming

Awards

Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016.

Awards

Icelandic Graphic Design Association 2016. Award in “Interactive and information design” category.

Awards

Gold Prize at the European Design Awards 2016 in the category of digital design .