Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, UK
by Cartlidge Levene
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is housed in one of the UK’s finest Edwardian baroque buildings. We were commissioned to design the wayfinding and signage to enhance visitor experience and to improve comprehension of the layout or galleries and facilities.
Our concept was to produce a layer of signs in the form of elegant painted timber panels that gently lean against walls with minimum impact on the listed building stonework. They provide a contemporary, but sensitive, new layer in the historic Edwardian interior.
The museum has a complex layout, with split levels. We introduced ‘up to’ and ‘through to’ terminology, creating an intuitive flow through the building and avoiding complicated level naming such as upper and lower. An overview of the building layout is provided on leaning directory panels in prominent positions on each floor.
Threshold panels create clear navigation through the individual galleries. We also designed an information desk, a leaflet display rack and temporary information display panels as part of the signage family.