Architecture Foundation on the lookout for signs

The Architecture Foundation is looking to appoint a graphic designer to develop signage for the new £2.25m centre due to open in 2006, which will be created by architect Zaha Hadid.

The building, located in London’s Southwark Street, will be dedicated to showcasing the best of contemporary architecture and will feature exhibitions, events space and a bar. The centre will also house the offices of the Architecture Foundation, currently located in Clerkenwell, from which future projects will be planned.

Hadid will develop all of the interiors but a spokesman for the Architecture Foundation confirms it is keen to work with other graphic designers on the project.

Communication design consultancy Thomas Matthews has designed the public exhibition to launch the forthcoming centre, featuring all of the eight shortlisted designs.

‘We were inspired by common materials found on a building site and created a simple structure for the exhibition; very much like a space within a space. This was a conscious effort to create a neutral space that would let the design submissions speak for themselves,’ explains Sophie Thomas, partner at Thomas Matthews.

She says elements of the exhibit will be recycled to create a range of bespoke bags that will be sold at the centre.

The consultancy was appointed to the project in December and the exhibition runs all this week at The Ragged School in Southwark, South London.

The architectural competition was launched by the Architecture Foundation in October last year.

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