Wellington City Library is a spacious 3 story public library located on Victoria Street by the waterfront. Designed for the general public of Wellington, the three story building is flooded with natural light from large windows on every floor and a sky light in the centre of the building above the escalators. There is a strong sense of community as visitors of all ages can be seen making use of the library. Community notice boards display an array of information and posters. Seemingly infinite numbers of book shelves line the floors with variations in style, colour and height.
There is not a strong sense of branding; signage is often varied and inconsistent. In the case of the many laminated coloured paper signs, there is often an unprofessional look to it. Being a community building this adds a personal feel rather than a commercial, retail feel. There are numerous signs of varying styles pointing out each section including illuminated blue neon signs in a handwritten font as well as perspex signs with a blue gradient and black type. I’m not sure if there is a purpose to the various signage but the combination adds to the character of the building. It is surprisingly noisy as the chatter from the cafe and children’s areas builds on top of the constant hum of escalators. The noise diminishes gradually the deeper or higher into the building you go.
Patel, Briar. Photograph.