The National Portrait Gallery

Family Activity Base Unit Design & Build


The brief described the Family Activity Base Unit (FAB) as being family friendly, a visible meeting point, intuitive, fully accessible, interactive and flexible. The FAB is used in three main gallery locations, depending on programme focus and other activities at the gallery, so as well as being portable, it also has to store away into a compact space when not in use. The FAB unit had to incorporate the galleries family visual identity branding as well as being hard wearing and portable.

We worked very closely with the learning team at The National Portrait Gallery to develop FAB.


The National Portrait Gallery appointed Paragon Creative for the design and build of the new FAB Unit. This is a bespoke piece of mobile furniture which acts as a dedicated welcome area for families and has been fitted out with materials, resources and activities for self-directed portrait based learning on site at weekends and during holidays.

The finished design was produced in solid surface to ensure that the unit was as durable as possible and met all client criteria.

Our Client: National Portrait Gallery, London   

Designed by: Hall & Hall

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