The wayfinding strategy for the 3Ts Redevelopment will mean that visitors to the new hospital buildings will be able to navigate using feature wall artworks, as well as the standard signage system.
12 local and emerging artists and illustrators will be invited to create original works in response to the theme ‘Connect with Place’.
The artworks will:
- identify key junctions
- identify points of arrival
- differentiate floors
- differentiate lift cores
- provide visitors with straightforward and enjoyable journeys
This visual approach will be particularly beneficial to non-English speakers, patients with dementia and children.
Using artwork not only makes navigation easier, it also adds a human touch to make the corridors and lifts more friendly and welcoming for patients.
- To help create a strong and welcoming identity for the Hospital, and reflect the culture and identity of the local community
- To help make it easy for people to find their way around the building
- To use art to help break down the scale of the building
The wayfinding project will take place across both new buildings, with a different approach in each to suit the different physical environment and uses of the space.
- Stage 1
Outside each lift in the Stage 1 Building a large illustration will help orientate visitors.
The illustrations will relate to the lift core theme and colour palette, providing a friendly welcome.
The lift core themes are:
- Lift core 1 – Town (e.g. The Pavilion, Kemptown)
- Lift core 2 – Sussex (e.g. Lewes Castle, Bexhill Pavilion)
- Lift core 3 – Coastal (e.g. Brighton seaside, Dungeness)
Further prominent walls have been identified on every floor to create a visual ‘funnel’ to guide visitors to and from each lift core. Plus, where relevant, department entrances will also be highlighted by an illustration.
- Stage 2
In Stage 2, feature wall illustrations will wrap around the lift and stair core at the heart of the building.
In this building it will be possible to see multiple floors at once, so a further artist will be appointed to provide artwork for the whole building.
The illustrations on each floor will work independently to aid wayfinding, and will also act as a series to lead visitors up through the building.
The imagery will be themed around the ‘Downs’, exploring the South Downs National Park and its flora and fauna.