The challenge was for Studio Ongarato to collaborate with project architects Hassell to develop wayfinding signage aligned with the project values of utility and accountability, expressing the vision for a “simpler, better workplace.”
The project vision was to provide a workplace environment that recognises the importance of community, encourages engagement, and enhances the user experience of staff, clients, and visitors.
Design + Execution
Wayfinding signage featuring a restrained utilitarian approach delivers a refined design language of unitised typography, black and white palette, and precision detailing, recalling the industrial aesthetic of analogue counting machines, typewriters and early computers. Key destinations are heralded by feature signage, each referencing traditional signage typologies: changeable menu board tiles for the staff café, suspended neon at Facilities Management and IT Help Desk and crafted inlaid timber at the Auditorium. Changeable events information is presented on ground level and at concierge via an airport-style split flap display. This analogue technology activates the workplace environment in an unexpected way, with sound and animation during each message change. Throughout the workplace, wayfinding is clearly expressed and highly legible, and all room naming is reinforced with braille and tactile messages in support of the National Workplace’s commitment to accessibility and design for all abilities.
Fabio Ongarato (creative director)
Ben Kluger (design director)
Eva Lee (senior designer, project manager)
Braden Familton (designer)
Oat Foundry (interactive art)
Shape Australia (fabricator)