Propose a sustainable orientation system for the Palais Galliera

Signage, Architecture & Heritage, Arts & Culture, Luxury & Fashion
Palais Galliera
Paris, France, 2020
Architectes : Atelier de l’Île, Ciel Architectures
Photos : Tony Trichanh

In 2020, the Palais Galliera is reopening its doors after several long months of renovation that doubled the area of its exhibition space. The architectural project by Atelier de l'île and Ciel Architectes consists of converting the cellar area into exhibition spaces. Palais Galliera is to be the first permanent fashion museum in France. 

"Fashion changes, Style Endures” Coco Chanel. 

We decided to work on signage that respects to the 19th-century spaces. With the reception hall becoming a traffic junction, our intervention includes two large information panels that are symmetrically integrated into the existing niches.  The orientation indicators in cut-out letters allow for homogenous integration onto stone, brick or a painted wall. The black colour allows for maximum contrast and serves as a nod to Chanel, the main sponsor of the endeavour. 

Untitled Sans, the typography we chose for this project, works with the current graphic charter of the Palais Galliera but also allows for a future evolution of the graphic charter of the museum without altering the signage system.