Lumis student accommodation wayfinding and signage

Viridis Real Estate Services


Located close to the centre of Cardiff the Capital Quarter student accommodation scheme, by Lumis, provides 544 student ensuite bedrooms, across two blocks, situated around a central square. The two blocks, north and south, comprise 11 and 7 floors respectively. In both the ground floor is made up of social spaces and accessible accommodation, whilst the upper floors are general accommodation.


Using the Lumis brand guidelines, and carrying on the theme developed by a third party design studio for an earlier Lumis student accommodation scheme, we produced a signage scheme that referenced an industrial look and feel.

A modern stencil font was used throughout – for room number signs the numerals were fret cut from a solid black acrylic sign. Whilst for internal directory and directional signs the font was cut from white vinyl and applied to black acrylic to provide optimum legibility. Externally we used large scale signs fabricated from galvanised steel, with the Lumis logo fret cut, and directional information applied in white vinyl. A large scale landmark sign of built-up stainless steel lettering and back-lit sits high on the north block and advertises the development to the nearby main rail and road links.