Design consultants Maynard were commissioned to deliver an accessible, contemporary signage system that spoke to the planned architectural form of the building and improved the legibility of the centre’s complex spaces. The design sought to respect the cultural context of Aotearoa, New Zealand and contribute to Regional Facilities Auckland's aspiration to uplift contemporary Māori language and culture In Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

In order to increase the accessibility of wayfinding information, a kit of parts was created to provide a bespoke mix of static and digital sign types incorporating English, Te Reo Māori, braille and tactile type.

The sign system for Aotea Centre provides a refined response to the challenges posed by complex spaces and four-fold language integration. Subtlety reflecting the volcanic landscape of the region while responding to the functional requirements of the space.

Regional Facilities Auckland CEO Chris Brooks commented on how a signage system like this is still rare in New Zealand. "We are very proud to be recognised for our efforts to make the arts and events more accessible for everyone in our community,"  he said.

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Design Finalists

The wayfinding system design was a finalist in the 2019 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards in both the Environmental Graphics and Non-Consumer categories. ​The striking signs complement Aotea Centre's modern new spaces, with clean, black and white visuals and elegant lines. Most importantly, the system enables all patrons to easily find their way through the Centre, with braille on all signs at touch-level.