The Propellers of Repat: Modular Signage System
The Propellers of Repat is a dynamic wayfinding intervention that can respond to changes occurring within a clinical environment. Developed in collaboration with Austin Health – Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, this signage system can cope with the expansion of hospital services and infrastructure over the next 15 years.
For healthcare organisations, it is important to understand how wayfinding systems and tools play a key role in creating positive, holistic experiences for both patients and their visitors. Equipping the healthcare facilities with an effective wayfinding strategy has proven to increase the organisation’s capacity to operate efficiently at a lower cost.
This project aims to improve the current patient and visitor experience by changing how healthcare facilities are perceived and utilised by the surrounding community. Unlike other conventional hospitals in Victoria, The Repat has been able to create a healthcare environment that delivers a range of traditional clinical services, while also providing recreational and social spaces for the surrounding community to use. This duality in services is something other healthcare organisations strive to achieve.
Precedence for the design is found in the hospital’s history. The name and shape of the signs are reminiscent of plane propeller blades, referencing a time in the hospital’s history between 1942 and 1947 when it was listed as ‘The 6th RAAF Hospital’.