In 1998 the National Archives of Australia officially opened their building in the Parliamentary triangle of Canberra. The Mitchell and Greenway repositories hold records and some staff, while the reading room, galleries and public areas of the Archives in Canberra now reside in a heritage building formerly known as East Block.
Screenmakers were asked to produce a number of internal elements for the Canberra facility including :
National Archives Stainless Steel logo -
This impressive internal identification plaque was unveiled at the opening of the National Archives Building in 1998. It was created from linished stainless steel with the shape formed through a laser cutting process. The steel was polished to create the finished surface. The logo itself is mounted via standoffs which were chemically adhered to the wall. Each letter of the text was individually cut and fastened to the wall also.
Area Identifications - Visitors Lounge -
The internal identifications within the National Archives were made to compliment the stainless steel logo on display in the foyer. The text in this sign was also created from stainless steel that was laser cut to create the shapes. Each letter had pins stud welded to the rear to allow for chemical fastening to the wall. The lettering sits approximately 20mm off the wall to allow for an interesting shadow to be cast onto the wall behind.
Area Identifications - Reading Room -
For visitors who want to undertake further or more in-depth research, the National Archives offer a reading room. The Reading Room text installed above the entrance was also fashioned from stainless steel, laser cut, polished and then secured off the wall in the same manner as the Visitors Lounge in order to provide consistency in the internal signage within the National Archives.
Decorative informational plaques -
A number of these circular displays were installed throughout the public areas of the National Archives in Canberra. They contain interesting facts and information about the National Archives and the history of the building. Each plaque was produced from router cut acrylic with bevelled edges. The orange component containing text on the right hand side was digitally printed, while the logo on the left side was cut from an adhesive vinyl frost. Both the orange and frosted logo components were then set above a mirrored acrylic base panel by 10mm to create an interesting shadow and reflection through the mirror.