Y Gaer

Y Gaer is a new £13m museum, art gallery and library in Brecon, Wales, which opened in December 2019. It comprises the restored 1824 shire hall
and an adjoining new building.

Designmap were appointed in 2015 as lead designers. We developed a number of galleries featuring local artefacts from prehistory to the present day. Star objects include ancient Christian monuments and a medieval log boat from Llangors Lake.

A key gallery tells the story of the emergence
of the ancient kingdom of Brycheiniog and its development into Brecknockshire, later the
County of Powys.

Accompanying the object led gallery spaces is an art gallery, Victorian school room and the restored and reinterpreted assizes court. In addition to construction management - including the restoration and re-fit of the assizes court - Designmap were responsible for the 3D design, exhibition design, graphic design and digital media concepts.

A further commission saw us develop and implement the brand design for the cultural hub’s overarching identity and the wayfinding signage scheme.