a fully integrated visitor experience
The Museum of Arts & Design at 2 Columbus Circle in New York, New York is a vibrant and engaging cultural center like no other institution in the city. Having moved from its previous location into a completely redone building, the Museum now offers growing audiences a fully integrated visitor experience. To incorporate audiovisual technology that would add to the character of the Museum, the consultants on the project, Shen Milsom Wilke, turned to HB Communications, Inc.
- Featured manufacturers:
- Samsung, Dolby Digital, Crestron
- Spaces installed:
- Two - Barbara Tober Grand Atrium and the MAD Theater
- Number of visitiors:
- Over 1 million since HB's installation
The AV technology aspect of the Museum enhances the visitor experience through bright and interesting large screen displays. A high quality, durable, long-lasting and price competitive display that could stand up to demanding everyday use was needed. The decision to go with LCD products for the majority of the applications in the project, led HB to one of the leaders in this technology – Samsung.
Samsung 305T & 570DX LCD flat panels are used as exhibit interactive video walls. Touch sensitive bezels were incorporated into the LCD panels to allow visitors to interact with the screens’ various digital media. In addition, Samsung (at the time) was the only manufacturer to make the slim-bezel LCD displays that were needed for the way-finding displays. These displays have a custom-built metal enclosure and keep a “form fitting” look and are not too bulky.
Three Samsung 305T LCD flat panel displays were installed in the atrium of the museum. These attractor screens are tied to a hi-end digital signage system that synchronizes and schedules different data being displayed on the screens. Museum information, upcoming events, and even digital art displays can be shown to the public foot traffic in Columbus Circle and to the audience in the interior.
The restored Theatre/Auditorium in the lower level of the Museum is outfitted with a new digital video presentation system and a 35mm video projection system. A Dolby Digital surround sound system along with audio speech reinforcement, is also integrated into the space. A Crestron control system integrated with the above referenced systems, allows for simplified user control and automation.