award for this project
Winner for Communication Design Category
DNA Paris Design Award 2020
Silver Medal for Signage System
9º Brazil Design Award 2019
Sao Paulo/ SP/ Brazil
First award for Wayfinding Systems category
7º Design Award Bornancini (2018)
Porto Alegre/ RS/ Brazil
clientHof Van Busleyden
locationMechelen / Belgium
architecturedmvA Architecten and Hans Le Comte
After a long restoration process, the Museum Hof van Busleyden opened its doors on June 17, 2018.
The grand and beautiful renaissance palace in Mechelen, capital of the Burgundian Netherlands in Belgium, displays the historical artifacts of Hieronymus of Busleyden, Margaret of Austria, Erasmus and Thomas More. It offers an exchange of ideas and reflects on today’s changing world, just as this location did in the past.
Transporting visitors back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the museum allows us to experience the surprising history of Burgundy and to have direct contact with the treasures and stories of Hof van Busleyden. Exhibits show us how Burgundians saw the city, how they dealt with power, and what mastery and craftsmanship meant to them. In this wide-ranging exhibit one can move from lively, busy areas to more quiet and intimate spaces.
In this museum we can look back on the glorious history of the city and together look forward to the future.
The wayfinding strategy organizes the visitor’s route to the permanent exhibition. It is distributed into codified zones by using the logic of subway lines and by maintaining awareness of visitor’s next steps and their safe to return to the starting point.
The signage system operates in transitional spaces and leaves the exhibition rooms free from interference. At the entrance of each area along the route, large custom panels with patterns referring to the most relevant works on display point the way forward.
On the exterior, the system offers thoughtful solutions which respect the imposing historical significance of the building and its gardens.
Winner of a Special Commendation
EMYA ( European Museum of the Year Awards) 2020