The art of translation
To create this traditional visual link, we worked with marbling designer Jemma Lewis to develop bespoke patterns that physically respond to pieces of music relevant to the teaching and learning at the conservatoire. The traditional practice of marbling with inks and water has been used for many centuries but gained popularity in Britain in the late 1800s. Using this traditional process, we created unique patterns to represent each floor in the building. Patterns are used at large scale to define venue entrances; as a restrained colour edge in busy and active spaces and as a full colour experience in more utilitarian circulation spaces such as stairways.

The Conservatoire also required a detailed wayfinding and signage strategy, a building wide colour palette, orientation maps, a family of signage and large-scale environmental graphics. Our initial creative work began in 2013 and was completed by the end of 2017.

TheRoyal Birmingham Conservatoire was awarded RIBA West Midlands Award 2018 and RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year 2018