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Originally built in 1846 as a locomotive engine shed, the Roundhouse became a legendary art venue between the 1960s and the 1980s, hosting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Peter Brook and Andy Warhol.

After years of closure, it was brought back to life through a renovation in 1996 that transformed it into a centre for young people. Besides designing a book and a permanent exhibition, we worked in partnership with Whybrow Signing Consultants to devise the signage strategy and design the signs for the brand-new building.

The final design was inspired by graffiti art, which seemed to fit well with the target audience and the newly refurbished building. In order to create stencil signs that could be sprayed directly onto the walls, we adapted the Roundhouse's beautiful house font Clerkenwell, and designed a family of icons to match.

Client: Roundhouse
Designed at Atelier Works