Planet Word Museum of Language

Planet Word is the world’s first voice-activated museum, housed inside the landmark Franklin School in Washington, D.C, built in 1869.

Agency

Local Projects

Practice Area

Client

Planet Word

Industry

The Challenge

Throughout the museum, visitors use their voices to interact with exhibits, while hearing from a diverse cast of leaders, authors, and orators who share what language means to them.


The museum features wonders like a smart paintbrush that lets visitors “paint with words,” a voice-recognition experience that brings visitors face-to-face with 30 native speakers and signers that renders the unique characteristics of their languages unforgettable, and a projection-mapped sculpture of over 1,000 words that tells the story of English as a continually evolving lexicon, shifting and growing as it encounters the world.

I’m Sold Advertising Gallery

Planet Word / Local Projects

Word Worlds

Planet Word / Local Projects

Voice-activated intro exhibit on where words come from

Planet Word / Local Projects

Voice-activated intro exhibit on where words come from

Planet Word / Local Projects

Retractable Chandelier

Planet Word / Local Projects

The Library

Planet Word / Local Projects

Magic Books

Planet Word / Local Projects

Project Details
I really enjoy how this exhibition can communicate in different ways. Whether it is through the user created sounds or projections, everyone is immersed in learning how to communicate with others.
Juror 1
A varied and highly accomplished series of spatial installations and rooms presenting a difficult and not particularly artifact rich world of language. We loved how this will open up the world of words, language, reading and the spoken word to a larger audience.
Juror 2
The use of many voice activated installations in context was certainly first in class and to be commended.
Juror 3
Language can be barrier to success. This museum offers visitors multiple ways of accessing language in innovative and compelling ways. It meets visitors were they are and makes space for different forms of expression and learning.
Juror 4
Design Team

Local Projects (lead exhibition designer, media designer)

Collaborators

Beyer Blinder Belle (lead architect)
Solomon Group (lead fabricator, av integrator)
Jeremy Bloom, My Active Driveway, Hypersonic & Zumm Studios (media production partners)

Photo Credits

Local Projects

Open Date

June 2021