Trinity College is a city centre heritage site with many functions. Home to 17,000 students and the Book of Kells, which receives around a million visitors every year, people navigating the site often have competing needs.
Meeting the dual needs of slow-moving tourists and fast-moving students is just the kind of challenge we love. The international visitors want a leisurely look around the campus and the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere. Students – who provide the energy that gives the campus its atmosphere – need to get across campus quickly to get to lectures and the library.
What we did:
We took the historic details of this iconic campus, including the colours of the architecture and public realm – and created a modern wayfinding scheme that reinforces the university’s identity and is accessible for both the unfamiliar and the regular user.
Accessible and clear mapping will encourage the tourist visitor to explore a little further by highlighting quieter routes and harder to find destinations.
Spreading the pedestrian traffic keeps arterial routes clear for those students and lecturers in a hurry and brings the quieter parts of the campus to life throughout the day.
We like to leave a place better than we found it. In this case, a good tidy up of the campus’ signage will reintroduce consistency and style, reduce visual clutter and remove some of the more piecemeal elements that have crept in over time.