The Via architectural signage system, 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 system, 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.
Born from the need for a clear and simple wayfinding system for a large hospital project in Denmark, the extensive range was developed in partnership with C.F. Møller. With modernistic design traditions which focus on function, aesthetics and communication, the highly durable range has been developed to deliver comprehensive flexibility with elements which can be easily installed and updated.
Wayfinding systems generally categorise signage requirements into three groups; overview, reference and destination signs guiding the visitor through often complex environments with a series of signs navigating them from initial arrival to identification of their final destination. The wide variety of options and formats available from Via allows for each of these categories to be fulfilled; from an exterior monolith car park sign, through to directional signage informing and reassuring visitors, and finally confirming arrival at their chosen destination with door identification signs.
The range is of particular importance to healthcare, education, leisure and transport hubs due to its flexible configurations which enable a consistent aesthetic to planning whilst serving not to distract from the architectural concept of a space but to enhance and ultimately guide visitors with ease.
Via has already been installed in a number of projects in the USA, Asia, and Northern Europe including the new University Hospital Aarhus (DNU), a leading hospital based in Central Jutland, Denmark covering a 1,200,000m2 site. Guaranteeing the successful navigation of this immense site was the motivator for the creation of the VIA product for The DNU Group of Consultants, led by C.F. Møller.
“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 system includes illuminated/non illuminated signage for both interior and exterior with flexible fixing systems adapting 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.
Lightweight suspended signage is manufactured in 1.25 mm spray painted aluminium which are mounted within extruded aluminium frames, whilst panels for door and small wall signs are a heavier 3 mm spray painted aluminium. This material performs well both in exterior and interior environments as a non-corrosive, UV resistant material to which graphics can be applied either using UV resistant vinyl, print on panel or CNC milled for illuminated panels.
Beautifully engineered, the exterior monoliths are glass fronted with optional illumination provided through LED sheets which deliver a flat and consistent light. Alternatively the monolith can be lit through edge lighting to highlight the sign.
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. Via Suspended is available in multiples of 1200 mm where up to 4 products can be connected horizontally giving a total width of 4800 mm suitable for large scale venues. Via wall mounted are available in width 600, 900, 1500 mm which also allow for customised configured both for installation and ongoing maintenance.
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