From the very outset, the curatorial team committed itself to making the park and its exhibitions accessible to as many people as possible. Thus, Tactile Studio’s design team had to bear in mind the complexity of some of the details of both the architecture and surroundings, so as to remain intelligible and relevant for all guest, while displaying an aesthetic rendering.
The global signage is made of colorful ‘blocks’ that were designed to be removable and changeable as the site will evolve and change over the years. Meanwhile, one of the inclusive stations is mobile and can be moved around the tower and used during special events and openings. The other is permanent and located at the entry of the park. Both devices are designed to help visitors orient themselves and discover the site through touch and other senses. The stations detail all the architectural elements of this complex dedicated to contemporary creativity. The buildings are modeled in 3D whilst a play with textures, braille and raised lettering brings the park to life by visitor’s fingertips.
Design + Execution
The design team worked hand in hand with the founder of the project, an accessibility consultant, a contemporary artist, curators, designers and makers to conceptualize the most inclusive devices possible, integrating perfectly with the extraordinary universe of this new generation hub. In collaboration with the contemporary artist, the designers used his color palette and typeface to create a unique orientation system that is both functional and visually appealing. This system helps visitors navigate the site and discover the different areas of the LUMA Arles Tower and the surrounding green campus. Thanks to this unique collaboration, all visitors today can discover, orient and immerse themselves in a playful, sensory and interactive way in the heart of the Foundation. The project achieved its primary goal of making the LUMA Arles site accessible to all visitors, including those who are blind or visually impaired. The signage developed together with the two inclusive devices in collaboration with the contemporary artist, provides an interactive, playful and sensory experience for visitors to explore the park and its buildings.
Gabriel Morrisson (industrial designer)
Gehry Partners (architecture)
Gabriel Morisson & Thomas Goujon