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Barbican Arts Centre

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Graphic Design / Signage & Information Graphics / 2007

The Barbican Arts Centre opened in 1982 and is one of the largest arts, conference and exhibition venues in Europe. The venue was notoriously difficult to navigate and previous attempts to resolve this issue only led to more confusion and visual clutter. Cartlidge Levene and Studio Myerscough worked as part of an integrated team alongside architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Architecture, graphics and lighting have been designed together to bring clarity and cohesion to this once unnavigable space. Entrances have been created, routes have been rationalised, and the foyers have been de-cluttered with a bold, calm, confident approach that respects the original architecture. Key elements include supergraphic arrows at key decision points to direct flow and sculptural circular signs at 'circulation hubs'.

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