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.
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)
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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:
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