Category Archives: Orientation plans

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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Trévoux

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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Tastmodell Schloss Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The hall of the Estates-General from 1789, starting point for guided tours through the castle. The room now also serves as an exhibition venue for a large scale architectural model designed and realised by our Tactile Studio. The installation, which is 1.8m long, brings out the present architecture of the Palace as well as its layout at the center of the Park above the magnificent Grand Canal and the surrounding royal Bosquets Read More

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Orientierungsplan Louvre Lens

Museum Louvre-Lens – Lens – 2013

Discreet and elegantly, twelve orientation plans and tactile stations fit into the spirit of the museum’s architecture. Only three stations were installed inside, the nine others guide the visitors through the museum’s parc, explaining the allocation of the halls and the particular curves of the architecture in the Galerie du Temps. Conceived in PMMA with coulours in polurethan and embossement in resin, these tactile stations have excellent resistance qualities, being highly asthetically at the same time. The panoply of (discrete) coulours, help the visitor to distinguish the different parts of the building. The tactile plans were realised in partnership with the architects Sanaa from Japan and have been appreciated from all visitor groupes. A paper version of the plans followed some times later. Read More

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Heft - Orientierungsplan für SNCF

Orientation plan «to-Go» for SNCF station – Paris – 2012

The accessibility departement of the french railway company SNCF experimented the use of a handy tactile plan in several train stations in France . Tactile Studio worked on this project in collaboration with the Fédération des Aveugles de France and Michel Bris, honorary professor at the INS HEA. The team developed a system of tactile pictograms indicating sites within the station. Zooming in on particular elements offered the mental locating between station and the surroundings. Read More

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Interaktives Orientierungsplan Rathaus 11. Bezirk Paris

Parisian Town Halls – Paris – 2010/13

The «Orientation Plan for All» guides visitors to the different reception halls and administration offices at the town hall. Any form of physical or mental/cognitif barrier was anticipated beforehand. The desk can be adjusted in height, the image of the plan is also a tactile relief. Colours and contrasts can vary, like the sound level of the audio file and the intensity of light. A screen was added for videos in sign language. A system of textes in Braille and in big letters as well as tactile pictorgrams especially adress the blind or visual impaired. Read More

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