FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURAL SIGNAGE AND WAYFINDING FOR THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AARHUS, DENMARK

At the size of a small provincial town, the new University Hospital Aarhus (DNU) is a leading hospital based in Central Jutland, Denmark and its expansion will cover a 1,200,000m2 site.

Guaranteeing the successful navigation of this immense site has been a major project for Modulex working in conjunction with The DNU Group of Consultants, led by C.F. Møller.

The hospital operates as a university hospital, regional centre and the main hospital for the local residents of Aarhus city and the island of Samso, and had to remain fully functional throughout the development period. A consortium of architecture and engineering companies have been undertaking the project including C.F. Møller who had responsibility for the implementation of the interiors including wayfinding and signage.

Hospitals have very specific requirements in terms of wayfinding with intense demands for supporting a diverse range of users. The employees group is large with over 10,000 staff and complex including doctors, nursing staff, transport staff and cleaning staff whilst the composition of the visitor group is also varied including both visitors and patients typically from a wide social background and age group. This broad spectrum of users puts heavy demands on the wayfinding system.

In order to help patients to find their way to the right place at the right time, the signage has been designed in accordance with an overall strategy that makes orientation easy, using, for example, internal and external colour schemes.

Via architectural signage, designed in collaboration with International architecture firm  C.F. Møller, is the latest line available from Danish architectural signage company Modulex. A simple interior and exterior solution, whose Scandinavian roots are clear, provides a flexible modular system enabling a myriad of possibilities for size, placement, colour, arrangement and can be easily adapted to complex wayfinding schemes in healthcare, education, leisure and transport hubs.

“Hospitals are notoriously complex and dynamic environments which for some invoke uncomfortable and stressful emotions. As part of the planning process a wayfinding strategy was initially worked out.

Besides pinpointing a number of supportive architectural and technical elements, the strategy focused on the requirement for a simple and logical signage system which clearly communicates instructions and information to help the user feel safe and secure. The location of signage needed to be consistent, flexible and simple in regard of installation, easy to read and demonstrating a strong correlation between interior and exterior spaces. At the same time it was essential to us that the products would merge in and deliver a high aesthetic with respect to the materials and colours of the architectonical and scenic environment. I’m happy to say, that we are very satisfied with the result. The Via range has given us exactly, what we were looking for.” comments Jon Brøcker, Head of C.F. Møller Design.

Via architectural signage includes illuminated/non illuminated signage for both interior and exterior with flexible fixing systems which can be adapted to building requirements including suspended (single or double sided), projecting, monoliths, wall and door signs. Energy efficient LED illumination provides a sustainable solution giving an even distribution of light and enhancing the visibility of strategically important signs.

The simple plug and connect energy saving LED system enables easy installation from a supplied power source.

Beautifully engineered, the exterior monoliths are glass fronted with optional illumination provided through LED sheets which deliver a flat and consistent light.

All products are centrally manufactured in the award-winning facilities of Modulex in Billund, Denmark, complying to the highest environmental regulations in the world.

Installation is simple using MXconnect the unique Modulex connecting system. These enable quick and easy installation on site whether signs are suspended individually or if a modular configuration is required which can be formed both horizontally and vertically. The fixings are not only quick to install but can also be updated easily should there be a requirement thus reducing any ongoing maintenance costs.

For more information please contact Modulex info@modulex.com

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