Laying Down the Law at The National Library of Norway

‘Upholding the Law: Magnus the Lawmender’s Law of the Land, 1274-2024’ – a new refined, atmospheric and delicately-staged exhibition for The National Library of Norway has now opened, designed by Nissen Richards Studio. The show celebrates the 750th anniversary of the country’s 1274 ‘Law of the Land’, which laid the foundation for the Norwegian legal system and for popular participation in it – effectively establishing the prerequisites for democracy. Read more here


Green light for John Rylands Research Institute & Library

Manchester City Council has approved proposals for the £7.6m transformation of Grade I-listed John Rylands Research Institute and Library. Led by conservation architects Donald Insall Associates, the proposed designs are a series of sensitive adaptations that enable the building to meet mid-21st century challenges. Nissen Richards Studio will create an enhanced exhibition space to display the Institute’s collection in optimum viewing conditions, as well as celebrating the building’s existing architecture.


Newark Castle Visitor Attraction Gets Planning Go-ahead

Newark and Sherwood District Council has approved plans to create a new and improved visitor attraction at Newark Castle and Gardens in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. The stone Castle, a Grade I-listed Scheduled Ancient Monument, was originally built in the mid-12th century by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln. Working with Martin Ashley Architects, with landscaping by Urban Edge Architecture, Nissen Richards Studio has created the project’s Interpretation Masterplan and will be working on the scheme’s exhibition design, graphic design and wayfinding, as well as heading up the community participation initiatives.

‘Harriet Backer: Every Atom is Colour’ Opens

We have completed our first exhibition for the National Museum in Norway. ‘Harriet Backer: Every Atom is Colour’ examines the life and work of one of Norway’s most significant artists, who painted real life in everyday settings with a stunning sense of light and colour, and who also opened up paths for other women into the fields of art and social development.

The exhibition design goes on a journey with the artist, using colours, lights and architectural shapes inspired by her paintings within a built interior series of spaces that shift in scale and form and that create striking vistas and windows, and a central room for sketching. See more here.