As part of a new over–water pavillion by architects FJMT for the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, ‘Action Stations’ was established to provide new narratives and access to the three warships based at the museum including the destroyer ship HMAS Vampire, Oberon class submarine HMAS Onslow and patrol boat HMAS Advance. Urban&Public were involved fr museum’s brief was to provide visitors with a unique and new and contemporary museum experience. The wayfinding, signage, exhibition and interpretation strategy used an identifiable vernacular of graphics, shapes, colours and construction methods.
Inspired by shipbuilding techniques and the hand made signs created by the crew, the signage family sought to add to the user experience by adding a layer of detail and nautical character.
Urban&Public were responsible for the Action Stations brand, guidelines and overall look and feel of the wayfinding, website, environmental graphics, safety and visitor information.
WINNER —2016 Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Award (MAPDA) Action Stations website
WINNER SILVER — 2016 International Design and Communications Awards (IDCA) Best Scenography for a Permanent Exhibition
Highly Commended — 2016 Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fit Out
Related submarine project:
HMAS Platypus Submariners' Memorial
Client // Australian National Maritime Museum
With // Christie Hunt & Andrew Ashton
Year // 2015