Bone (Florence Nightingale Museum)

Mobile Studio Architects, London, 2012


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BONE at Florence Nightingale Museum 

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  • BONE at Florence Nightingale Museum    
  • Modular Display System with Artefact    
  • Close-up view of artefact display    
  • Visitors at BONE, Florence Nightingale Museum    
  • Aerial view of Modular Display System + Artefact    
  • Close-up view of artefact display    
  • Fixing details    
  • Modular Display System at Florence Nightingale Museum    
  • Modular Display System at Florence Nightingale Museum    
  • Close-up view of Modular Display System    
  • Perspective view    
  • Assemblage    
  • Orthogonal drawings    
  • Modular system stack    

Rear gallery of Florence Nightingale Museum, converted from a car-park level of Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital

Working closely with the curators (Simon Gould + Rhiannon Armstrong) of the exhibition 'Bone' and the gallery director (Natasha McEnroe) at Florence Nightingale Museum, Mobile Studio Architects have designed a new modular display system.

The design consists of a series of showcases and open-plinths that stack on top of one another to create an array of 'spine columns' linked through an intricate lighting network that acts as the 'nervous system' to provide ambient lighting for the objects within.

The showcases and plinths are interchangeable to create different height spines and multiple configurations for display, to suit any space. The system is a self-supporting structure which enables a dynamic viewing experience in which visitors can see all sides of the artefact on display.


  • Completed: 2012
  • Floor area: 27m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £15,600
  • Funding: Guy's & St Thomas' Charity
  • Procurement: JCT 2005 Minor Works Building Contract with Contractor's Design
  • Address: Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EW, United Kingdom

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