Centre for French baroque music

Scope of activities: technical development, manufacture, installation 

The Centre for French baroque music (Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles or CMBV) is public institution located in an annexe to the Palace of Versailles, where the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs once stood – where the Estates General took place in 1789 (that signalled the outbreak of the French Revolution). Nowadays, it’s home to rehearsal and recording studios, a publishing house specialising in baroque music and the premises of the Maîtrise (a choir school). 

Upon renewing its visual identity thanks to Graphéine agency, the CMBV seize the opportunity to completely rethink its signage system to standardise it, adapt it to this new identity and respond to new functions.

The new signage system is mainly made of powder coated aluminium with screen printing et protective varnish. The angled pieces required all the know-how of our screen printers to screen print the logos "on the fly" on the returns.

In addition to the directional signage, Empreinte’s design office had to imagine a technical solution to develop a “screen” type object that could both provide directional information in the CMBV courtyard and be a support for temporary information during events and exhibitions. Also, and above all, it’s placed at the entrance of the royal chapel of the castle every Thursday during performances of the Maîtrise of the Centre for French baroque music. It was therefore necessary to imagine an object elegant, handy, but nevertheless strong and stable enough to withstand the wind outdoors in complete safety.

An outdoor sign has also been put in place to improve the visibility of the Centre from the outside. Event signage on a tarpaulin completes the system.

The installation in this historic monument has been the subject of a special study so as not to undermine the heritage character of the site.

The teams also had to adapt to site-specific constraints – in operation during the intervention – such as recordings and rehearsals.

Versailles, Ile-de-France, France

Contracting party
Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles

Designer / Project manager
Graphéine Agency

Technical characteristics
Powder-coated aluminium, self-supporting devices, screen printing, installation in historic site, construction site in occupied site

Website of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles 

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