Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition

The Gulag History Museum

  • Company
    Yarko Lighting Design Studio
  • Lead Designer
    Ksenia Lanikina
  • Categories
    Winner in Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
  • Location
    Moscow, Samotechny line, 9-1, Russian Federation
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The GULAG Museum is a museum of memory. It tells the story of the repressive policies of the Soviet government. The architectural concept implied the creation of a dark boxes and a corridor, which were an interpretation of people's living condition of that time. The visitor walks through the maze, now and then escaping into a new impasse and turn. To support the general narrative of the harsh reality of the prison camps, the light concept was based on cold lighting that emphasizes the feeling of unstopping draught in barracks. The color temperature of existing devices was 3000K, we corrected it to 4000K using special lenses. It corrects color temperature without losing color rendering index. Architectural lighting throughout the exhibition simulates daylight through the cracks in the walls. An imitation of light due to a turn is both decorative and ideological - light as hope - and navigation it allows you to indicate the path of movement and the presence of a hall with exhibits. Showcases with personal belongings had warm color temperature as an evidence of life and hope. Lighting designers: Ksenia Lanikina, Vlad Oblasov Architect: KONTORA Luminaires: Sylvania, Zumtobel