technicaluniversity of munich / form / narrative design signaletic

development of an artistic orientation system with narrative character for the technical university of munich.
in close cooperation with the TUM and dietrich untertrifaller architekten, the concept "form" was developed for the new building of the faculty of sports and health sciences in the olympiapark in munich.

in the ancient greek philosophy, the word 'form' meant […] an inner forming activity which is the cause  of  the  growth  of  things,  and  of  the  development  and differentiation of their various essential forms. […]

it would be better to describe this  as  formative  cause,  to  emphasize  that  what  is  involved  is  not a  mere  form  imposed  from  without,  but  rather  an  ordered  and structured inner movement that is essential to what things are.


david bohm, quantum physicist [about 'form']

[Translate to Englisch:] zentrum der raumgrafik der signaletik am campus im olympiapark münchen
[Translate to Englisch:] ausschnitt der raumgrafik an der haupttreppe im campus am olympiapark münchen

the concept
through a systemic approach, the time-transcending aspects of the values and educational mission of the faculty of sport and health sciences were uncovered and translated into an easy-to-understand narrative - the spiral. it symbolizes the archetype of movement and sustainable, healthy development. thus, it conveys the basic ideas of the faculty's educational mission in the form of a space-spanning graphic.

the design
the spiral was drawn by hand in large format. the drawing consists of two spirals twisted into each other, they symbolize the human aspect of development. its center is built dynamically - in the course of its development it strives for the perfect form and movement from its center - the line becomes calmer and more uniform the further it moves away from the center. the athlete also strives for this perfect inner and outer form - during the perfect run, the perfect throw, the perfect dance.

[Translate to Englisch:] die künstlerische signaletik wird als durchlaufschutz auf den glasflächen der seminarräume fortgeführt und verbindet auf diese weise die unterschiedlichen oberflächen zu einem großen ganzen
[Translate to Englisch:] in die spriale der raumgrafik wurde die signaletik eingebettet in form von raumhohen ziffern, die die abgehenden flure kennzeichnen
[Translate to Englisch:] detail durchlaufschutz eines seminarraumes mithilfe der grafischen muster der spirale
[Translate to Englisch:] durch die signaletik wird der flur eines fachbereichs ausgezeichnet

spatial graphic, orientation system and passageway protection
a large-scale graphic extends along the entire length of the building's central axis of 120 meters, appearing on 30 wall surfaces made of exposed concrete and glass surfaces. in this way, all the individual parts of the space graphic are interconnected and the space graphic can be expanded at any time on any surface with the corresponding part.
in the center of the building there is also the center of the spiral as a narrative space graphic. at the main corridors, which leave from the central axis, it then takes over the function of the orientation system and marks the individual corridors numerically. at the same time it also functions on large glass surfaces of the seminar rooms as a passage protection.
in 2023, the spatial graphic orientation system will be supplemented by a signage system with in-depth information levels.

[Translate to Englisch:] die grafik zeigt die ansicht beider innenwände entlang der mittelachse (rue)
[Translate to Englisch:] die große handzeichnung der spirale wird über die gesamte fläche beider innenwände entlang der rue gelegt
[Translate to Englisch:] die großformatige raumgrafik ersteckt sich über die gesamte länge der der rue. auf diese weise sind alle einzelteile der raumgrafik miteinander verbunden und die raumgrafik kann jederzeit auf jeder fläche mit dem entsprechende
[Translate to Englisch:] auchim untergeschoss wird die raumgrafik fortgeführt

technical university of munich [TUM] / form - signaletics and space graphics [artistic signaletics] / concept, design, implementation / munich / 2017 - 2021 [completion 2023] / in cooperation with dietrich | untertrifaller architekten

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