‘We are looking to express what we believe are the key characteristics of our country: friendliness, openness and surprise,’ says Caribiner International managing director for Australia, Paul Kenny. ‘The journey through the open pavilion tells a story of immigration. Entering past an aquarium and past aboriginal totem poles you arrive at a virtual theatre with a 1800 screen, showing time-lapse photos of Australian heritage sites. The journey through is a twisted loop design to maximise space. There are a number of walk-by areas, touchscreens and pools off to the side with related areas. ‘We set up a palette of colours relating to those of the Australian Tourist Council, but extending the Brand Australia colours. We added a striking terracotta red, like Ayers Rock, a gentle purple after-sunset sky colour, and a bright sky blue, plus elements of black reflecting our country’s aboriginal heritage. ‘The other brand expression we designed was six variations of a piece of music in six sections of the pavilion. Each has the same rhythm and they are all synchronised – fading into one another as you move around.’
These designers are rethinking the surfaces we touch and turning them into COVID-killing materials, which can be fabricated as familiar objects.
The identity for the neighbourhood centres around a graphic “R” logo, which the studio says is designed to “almost disappear” when applied.
The company’s first new logo in 20 years was created by an in-house design team and looks to embrace both physical and digital platforms.
Developed by Vitamin London, the typeface uses letterforms taken from protest posters found at Black Lives Matter demonstrations.