Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology
Signage (Moscow)

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology East Ring | © Ilia Ivanov

Herzog & de Meuron  invited us to participate in the initial phase of the Skoltech  Institute project, located within the Skolkovo district in the Moscow area. Built from scratch, the goal of this new neighbourhood is to become a world reference for the new, 21st century technologies.

Herzog & de Meuron designed the conceptual master plan for District 3 and placed the University at the centre. Completed by three circular shapes – the already built east ring, the agora and the west ring – the new Skoltech University is intended to be a nucleus, a distinctive core of the district and the cornerstone of Skolkovo.

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology East Ring | © Ilia Ivanov


Some Data

To get an idea of the dimensions, this colossal building – only one of the three main blocks (it is the complex on the right) – has a diameter of 280 metres and a surface area of 134,000 square metres.

Up to 10 different signage point basic typologies have been created in addition to their variations: identification of module inputs, exterior totems, interior totems, interior panels, interactive points on both totems and panels, up to the identification of offices made with vinyl, or in metal, according to the surface on which it is located.

More than 1,200 signage points have been identified.

The construction of the first set was completed in 2018 (the architectural and signage project is from October 2013)

All documents are in English and Russian, including the manual. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Basic usability design and “look and feel” of the interactive signage


The role of  Petit Comitè

Petit Comitè takes care of the original design of the signage. By stages:

  1. Create the customised signage system for all equipment
  2. Graphic design of the signs (sources, icons, hierarchies, colours and criteria of use)
  3. Constructive design of signage points (study of typologies, materials, measurements and manufacturing details)
  4. Functional study:
    • Identification of areas for programmes and entities
    • Signage location design for: the Eastern Ring (building and parking), chemical storage area, and the power generation building
    • Segmentation of signage typologies
    • Signage for functional orientation
  5. Manual of the entire signage programme
  6. Technical report that includes:
    a) Location and identification of all signage points – with their different typologies on plans
    b) List of items to be produced, also identifying the typology as well as the content
    c) Industrial plans of all types ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

From left to right below: Informative panel, interactive interior totem and exterior informative sign.

Below: images of interactive information points, example screens, seeking compatibility with personal mobile devices

Example of exterior totem-directory with construction details

Icons made with metal on striated walls


Locations of all signage points, segmented by typologies. Below: example and detail of 2nd floor.


Below: images from the report


Below: images of some of the “workshops” carried out in Basel and Barcelona

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