Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Johannes Schwartz (photography)
Signage for the 3 buildings of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, designed by Gerrit Rietveld (1966), Benthem Crouwel Architects (2003), and Paulien Bremmer/Fedlev (2019).
Departing from the notion of marking a space, the signage consists of acrylic stencil plates (negative) and vinyl markings (positive) which are used to index the spaces of the 3 buildings. The typefaces used are stencil-ed versions of the typefaces already present in the buildings. Atelier Carvalho Bernau were commissioned to design a stencil cut of their typeface Bill which they developed for the Sandberg Instituut back in 2011, and Laurenz Brunner to design a stencil cut of his version of Mercator, a typeface originally designed in 1959 by former Gerrit Rietveld Academie director Dick Dooijes. For shared spaces such as workshops, project spaces, library, etc. OPS Kappla is used, a stencil font published by Our Polite Society Type.
Sizes range from small A6 plates up to large 2A0 signs for building indexes. Alphabet stencil plates in poster format are available for students and staff to produce their own messages and temporary announcements. A large weathering steel plate with the names of both institutes, and two alphabet stencils of the same size are placed flat on the ground outside.