Extending over 11 hectares, the Fota House Arboretum is home to one of the finest collections of rare trees and plants in Europe. At the heart of the demesne is Fota House. Built in the nineteenth century, this stately home is Ireland’s finest example of Regency period architecture and features in The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH). As part of a multi-million-euro restoration project, AD Design was commissioned to produce a wayfinding system that is sympathetic to its environment and attractive to modern visitor audiences.
Working in collaboration with Detail Design Studio and Martello Media we developed and produced an intuitive set of outdoor signs to present information in macro and micro detail. Colour-coding differentiates the four main areas of the estate and carries through on route markers that are placed strategically across the site.
For an elegant and contemporary look, we used powdercoated aluminium frames for the totems and trailmarkers and grooved the side profile of the bigger totems for visual interest. Digital prints and plotted vinyl brand the sign faces and display the wayfinding information in high definition. The edges where printed vinyl meets deep green metalwork are invisible, so accurate is our colour-matching of inks and RAL paints. For extra protection we sprayed each unit with a coat of anti-graffiti lacquer so visitors to Fota will enjoy a stylish wayfinding experience for years to come.