The Barbican Arts Centre is one of the largest arts, conference and exhibition venues in Europe. Since its opening in 1982 it had suffered from a lack of wayfinding clarity.
Cartlidge Levene and Studio Myerscough were commissioned to develop a new wayfinding and signage strategy as part of a major refurbishment of its public spaces to make the foyer navigable and welcoming.
Working as part of an integrated team, with architects AHMM, we built on their rationalisation of entrances and realignment of routes to develop a wayfinding strategy that heightens intuitive understanding of the space. Graphic interventions act as wayfinding beacons and directional signs combine with large scale destination graphics to exploit new openings and sight-lines.
Sensitive alterations and additions to the architecture, combined with a bold wayfinding language has created a clear, calm and uncluttered foyer.
Sign Design Society Awards 2009 Winner
D&AD Awards 2007 In Book
Design Week Awards 2007 Winner
“Not since the complex was launched in 1982 has wayfinding been as clear, despite various efforts over the years.” Lynda Relph-Knight, Editor of Design Week