Kunsthalle Mannheim
Visitor guidance system

Mannheim has a new art hall. With the new build­ing, gmp Ar­chitek­ten re­al­ized the ar­chi­tec­tural idea of the "city in the city". In anal­ogy to the space-form­ing el­e­ments of the city - house and block, street and square - var­ied tours through closed and open spaces with chang­ing views and views are cre­ated for the vis­i­tors. Moni­teurs was com­mis­sioned for the ana­log and dig­i­tal vis­i­tor guid­ance sys­tem and for the ini­tial graphic equip­ment of the ex­hi­bi­tions in co­op­er­a­tion with Axel Ku­fus / OH Stu­dio, re­spon­si­ble for in­te­rior de­sign. In terms of de­sign, the con­trol sys­tem fits into the ar­chi­tec­ture of the Kun­sthalle, thereby sig­nif­i­cantly sup­port­ing the iden­tity of the build­ing and car­ry­ing it nat­u­rally into the last cor­ner of the build­ing.

Kun­sthalle Mannheim

Vis­i­tor guid­ance sys­tem

Mannheim 2017/​18


Stiftung Kun­sthalle Mannheim


17.366 m²



Based on the architecture, we have developed the decisive design features, big but not too big, easy to read, directly on the wall, not on a support, framed - pure, clear, direct. The architectural grid is adapted to a unit suitable for the control system and serves as the basis for arrangement and order. This imaginary grid gives graphic information to the information. It can also be found on the facade in the mesh again. The mesh that characterizes the entire building is the first one the visitor sees from the museum. We take the mesh into the museum.

The arrow derived from the logo is groundbreaking. Likewise, the entire sign family, which takes up the groundbreaking form and clearly and simply supports the identity of the Kunsthalle.

Specially designed for the Kunsthalle pictograms, take on the character of the font of the control system.

Direction and purpose Marking with paint applied directly to the wall stands in deliberate contrast to the framed art. The control system becomes one with the architecture and the interior.

English designations are consistently written in lower case in order to differentiate visually from the German designations.

Levels are indicated in numbers for international clarity.

Especially for the visitor guidance system the “Akkurat Monospaced” was selected. The unified letter, character and space distances take up the imaginary grid of the architecture. It is suitable for the control system, as it is very legible even in large font sizes.

A naming concept was specially developed for the Kunsthalle Mannheim. The buildings coming from the architecture were the starting point for the concept of the cubes.