Paranimf. Barcelona’s Industrial School

Corporate signage, Emergency signage, Interior signage, Signage, Wayfinding Design
28 Jan. 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Paranimf. Barcelona’s Industrial School

The current enclosure for the Industrial School of Barcelona was born during the turn of the XIX century as a great wires and cotton fabrics factory. Despite having an ephemeral factory life, it was highlighted during that period due to its great dimensions and edification quality. Today, 150 years later, after many restoration, reuse and conservation interventions carried out by Barcelona's Deputation, it is still possible to enjoy its impressive architectural, modernist and industrial heritage.

The central element of this new cultural complex is a versatile auditorium with several adjoining rooms that complement it, on which it rises a spectacular dome with a 20 meter diameter. The rehabilitation of the Paranimf was aimed at the recovering of the original elements -such as the wood of the ceiling or the windows-, and maintaining the main features. Product of the ongoing 2017 intervention, a space of great artistic value and equipped with the most advanced technology was reborn; additionally to be used for different purposes as shows, conferences, congresses or civic events.

A unique auditorium in a benchmark venue

Signes has been carried out the Wayfinding Project and subsequently the production and installation of all signaling elements, including the emergency ones.
The element design is developed from a concept of volume and emptiness; together with an exhaustive study on architecture shadow projection. The use of hidden fixing elements and milled materials, allow the user to see the casting shadows of the elements that float separated from the wall,; maximizing respect and preservation towards the building's architechture.
The result of this project is a functional signaling that integrates singularity and a citizen aesthetic.

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