Category Archives: Orientation plans

Louvre Abu Dhabi – A universal museum

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last Saturday eleventh of November. The museum partners with Agence France Museum, gathering seventeen of France’s most renowned cultural institutions. We are very proud that they have chosen us to realise the tactile accessibility of the permanent exhibition. Read More

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Guise’s Familistere – a comprehensive accessibility chain project

Guise’s Familistère is a complex of buildings built by the manufacturer and utopian socialist Jean-Baptiste André Godin in the mid-19th century. It is considered as one of the first (if not the first) social housing construction at all. The design solutions imagined were used more than 50 years later by architects such as Le Corbusier. Read More

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Château de Champs-sur-Marne – 2015

The Champs-sur-Marne Castle is the only National Monument that is furnished. Beyond its exterior envelope, corresponding to a private hotel of the 18th century, it was essential for us to underline the beauty of the interiors and the particularity of the half-levels. Read More

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Taststation Museum des Menschen

Musée de l’Homme – Paris – 2016

Engaging the senses of All – this was the roadmap for the renovation of The Mankind Museum. It meant engaging the senses not only for the blind but for all visitors. The museum chose to offer 21 stations along which one may discover the history of a family, representative model of a human lifespan. A series of busts, from grandson to grandfather, explain the genetic heritage we inherit and with which comes physical likeness as well as signs of ageing. The tactile discovery of the busts is helped by an audio comment; texts in Braille and in big letters add further information. Read More

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Paris – 2015

Conceived by the Bibliotheque François Mitterrand, drafts for a tactile orientation plan were handed over to Tactile Studio for the fabrication process. A long plan of 1,8 m long explains the library’s hall to visitors. 23 buttons offer audio comments. Finally a model of the library’s famous towers gives a full 3D impression of the architecture. Aluminium and black and green materials were selected to be consistent and in harmony with the furnishings around it. Read More

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Taststation Königliche Festung von Chinon

Royal Fortress of Chinon – 2015

Visitors of the fortress terrain are greeted at the entrance by a tactile orientation plan, made entirely of the stone-like material Corian©. The plan addresses both sighted and non-sighted visitors, explaining the site and architecture details. It was a particularly interesting task to manufacture the plan in multiple colours – using traditional techniques from the marquetry craft to work on the Corian. This material’s resistance is similar to stone, containing 70% bauxite, aluminium oxide and acrylic resin. It is naturally antibacterial and therefore a valuable material for plans in use outside. It is a gentle material, soft to touch and intensely colourful. However it is hard to manufacture. Read More

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Cultural Center La Passerelle – Trévoux – 2014

The cultural center “La Passerelle” opened on September 14, 2013 in Trévoux, a town north of Lyon. The Department of Architectural Heritage (CIA), following the idea of the Municipality of Dombes Saône Vallée, created a permanent exhibition on the city, its architectural roots and the surrounding landscape types . Read More

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