A rebrand and reorganization of the library space. Founded in 1884, Beyazit State Library is one of the oldest and largest libraries in Istanbul. Now open 24/7, hosts exhibitions and cultural events for the public to admire the Byzantine remains.
The identity system of the State Library involves a sensitive re-organization design of the interior and careful restoration of the building exterior. It is a coalition of East and West, New and Old, infused with historical connections of a literary nature. The minimal intervention approach ensures the spirit of the place survives while modern facilities are grafted onto the historic fabric. Ultimately, this identity system aims for the urban regeneration of the public realm by reviving all traces and capacities across the city.
The identity system has successfully infused more vital energy into the century-old library, attracting a broader range of audience and visitors through adopting a new custom typeface as well as a visual language. The branding has also offered a possibility of making the entire physical and digital experience of the Beyazit Library more consistent, breaking the boundaries of new and old while showing the public a new side of Beyazit at the same time.