Experts in creating engaging and memorable visitor experiences

Meet

– friends, families, experts and heroes.

Make

– connections, creations and inventions.

Play

– with ideas, materials, senses and forces.

Who are HKD


We are experts in museum design. We specialise in the integration of digital and mechanical exhibits, creating exhibitions which encourage visitors to investigate, participate, and have fun. We have delivered over 120 museum and science centre projects internationally.

At HKD we genuinely love stories – especially those that have previously been untold or neglected. Subjects we have worked with range from Ballet to Terrorism, Diaspora to Salt. We have worked in tunnels, castles, gaols, cemeteries and amusement parks as well as science centres and museums. We are always looking for new stories to tell, new creative challenges and inventive ways to reach new audiences.

Our Philosophy

At the heart of every HKD project is a research and passion lead design solution that works for you.

We believe that learning through Play & Games (active engagement and fun) allows visitors to better understand a new concept or idea, take on a different perspective, or experiment with different choices. We seek to turn visitors into participants.

Learning through play and games, turning visitors into participants.

Seeking to embed research and development into their working practice, GEEK was created to allow HKD to not only realise and further test their R&D but expand this practice by inviting experts, teachers, makers, artists, industry role models and audiences to participate too. This resulted in the creation of the GEEK festival that has taken place annually in the studio’s home-town of Margate and beyond, including iterations in Singapore, Rochester, Beijing and more.

We design Museums and Science Centres where people can Meet Make Play.

Selected Projects

Winchester Science Centre

We worked closely with the Winchester Science Centre team to create a science centre that embodies the idea that science is for all. We worked hard to overcome barriers to participation and engagement including cutting edge acoustic design. The goal was to help young people believe that STEM is for them.
God's House Tower

The permanent arts and heritage exhibition is part of the medieval building’s £3.1million refurbishment and tells the story of the medieval Town Quay gatehouse. As interpretation designers on the project, we worked with local history expert Dr Cheryl Butler to uncover the lives of felons, gunners, pilgrims and traders which the 700 year old building has housed. The immersive exhibition features the gruesome tale of Southampton’s last hanging, the French invasion of 1388 and a 360 degree VR tour of the tower.
Hong Kong Space Museum

HKD are delighted to have worked on the complete refurbishment of the galleries within this iconic building on the Hong Kong waterfront. Our design approach makes the complex ideas of space accessible through intelligent exhibit design and engaging storytelling, focusing on hands-on experience and experimentation.

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