THIS WAY, EACH ELEMENT WILL BECOME CLEARLY RECOGNISABLE AND YET SIMULTANEOUSLY BLEND INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
A BRIEF EXPLANATION
De Lovie vzw is a social organisation that provides support to young people and adults with a mental disability or other impairment. People with additional needs due to autism spectrum disorder, psychiatric vulnerability, medical or physical problems, dementia, etc. can also contact them.
A number of De Lovie vzw’s sites are historically valuable, one of which is the castle estate with protected park elements in Poperinge. Out of respect for cultural heritage, De Lovie seeks to restore these buildings and meaningfully repurpose them. Supporting people with disabilities and caring for heritage go hand in hand, so to speak.
The castle dates back to 1856 and is built in neo-classical style. The 63-hectare castle park was laid out according to the concept of the English landscape garden. It is a protected townscape and several park elements are protected as monuments: hunter’s cave, memorial chapel, gazebo on Drogenbroodberg, garden pavilion, Chinese Gate, ice cellar, field hospital barracks, castle.
De Lovie vzw wants to gradually develop the park as an ‘open heritage’ site, in which the protected monuments, the natural context, and the rich experiential history of the estate together with the interaction between the residents of the park and the wider public are central…
Part of this park development is the development of clear signage. The park contains several buildings with very different functions. Moreover, the open character also allows for diverse use, from motorised traffic (visitors and suppliers) to pedestrians and cyclists. The signage had to be primarily functional, of course, but it also had to fit in with the heritage philosophy.
A consistent whole
A consistent set of totems in various sizes and compositions was chosen. The size is adapted to the function. For example, designations for motorised traffic are larger than those for pedestrians and cyclists. Visitors and suppliers are first directed to the appropriate car park or destination to minimise site traffic. The aim is to give as much space as possible to vulnerable road users.
In terms of design, a wooden base structure with aluminium text panels was chosen. This way, each element will become clearly recognisable and yet simultaneously blend into the beautiful natural environment.
The study has been conducted. A few test structures have been installed and the client now has to proceed to tender for delivery and installation.
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