BEYAZIT STATE LIBRARY REBRAND
Branding | Art Direction 

Recognition: CommArts 2021 Winner
First founded in 1884, the State Library building was originally the soup kitchen and Caravanserai of a complex that included multiple facilities such as kitchen, hospital, and primary school. The library is a section of the Beyazıt Mosque–the oldest surviving imperial mosque in the city that spatially surrounds and defines the historic Beyazıt Square.

The identity design of the State Library involves a sensitive re-organization of the interior and careful restoration of the building. 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. This project also aims further for the urban regeneration of the public realm by reviving all the traces and capacities, principally the Beyazıt Public Square



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