This project was done in collaboration with ID/Lab. Buro North designed the signage, ID/Lab developed the wayfinding strategy.
Büro North was engaged to develop a new wayfinding system, that would enable the resort to operate 365 days a year and not just for the typically short 100 day Australian ski season.
This unique alpine environment was a challenge to negotiate, with counter intuitive switchbacks on the main pedestrian pathway created by the site’s extreme topography, as well as the need to change sign panels between the summer and winter seasons; freezing temperatures and high winds meant that sign panels would have to be changed with gloved hands for protection.
Due to the collaborative relationship between Büro North, The Falls Creek Alpine Resort and their stakeholders, the design of the signage system was able to deliver on its aims to promote the highest possible visibility of information whilst retaining the smallest presence of supporting structure. This system is extremely efficient, using a minimum number of elements for a range of sign types, whilst also minimizing the production energy requirements.
The materials and finishes have been developed to withstand the freeze/thaw conditions and abuse from skiers, snow transport and the harsh alpine environment.