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Marble Arch Place, London

Brief:     Naming,Wayfinding & Sign Design
Client:    Almacantar, Multiplex
Sector:   Mixed Use – Office, Residential & Retail

Marble Arch Place is a mixed-use residential, office, retail and cinema development, designed by the London office of Rafael Viñoly Architects. Located at the gateway to the West End, it comprises an 18 storey residential tower containing 54 luxury apartments; a 7 storey office building; new public realm; and two shared basement floors.

The Velvet Principle was appointed to design a wayfinding concept that reflected the prestigious address. The first task was to agree the numbering, address and naming strategy. This involved researching local precedents and exploring options, to devise a solution that would meet Almacantar’s business objectives and align with Planning requirements.

The design challenge was to create a sign concept that would differentiate between the buildings, while communicating the destination as a whole. So, although the same graphic language is used, the application and material selection differ between the buildings.

Within the residential tower, individual letters are applied directly onto the walls. Whereas in the office block, the information is contained within panels. Inspired by the architecture and interior finishes, the signs feature a vertical and horizontal line design motif.  The materials are also taken from the architectural palette. Ensuring a coherent connection between the wayfinding signs and the architectural design.

Design of the welcome sign over the entrance to the car part at Marble Arch Place
Directional wayfinding signs in Bryanston Apartments
Disabled toilet sign design in Marble Arch Place
Design of office tenant list sign in the Marble Arch Place reception
Close up of the design of a floor level identification sign in Marble Arch Place
Design of the lift index sign in Marble Arch Place
Car park level identification signage - Marble Arch Place
Door sign to the gymnasium in Marble Arch Place apartments
Room identification sign for Bryanston Apartments