Finding Your Way in Old Parliament House

Though the politicians have moved on to more opulent digs, the historically important Old Parliament House (Canberra) lives on as a museum, exhibition space and function centre. In 2008 Chameleon Print Design was tasked by interpretive design specialists Convergence Design with designing a detailed wayfinding scheme for the sprawling building. Our brief was to reflect and preserve the heritage fabric of the building while at the same time projecting a contemporary, approachable aesthetic. The wayfinding signs/objects were in large part free-standing, as most of the building is heritage listed and therefore off-limits to intrusive fixings.

After two visits to Old Parliament House, extensive long-distance collaboration and many interations, we compiled a comprehensive report spelling out the various wayfinding levels, patternation, colour schemes, type selection and readability. Some samples of the report and other interpretive design may be viewed below and here.

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