The Waiheke Island Artworks and Library is newly opened and consists of an open public courtyard and stand alone 800m2 library building on Waiheke Island.
The design draws on the imagery of books arranged under a canopy of pohutakawa trees as for its sculptural form, a concept that is strengthened by simple low maintenance, low energy sustainable design initiatives to provide a high quality user environment of enduring value.
Large sliding doors open up the north side of the building providing a seamless indoor/outdoor flow to the new courtyard and amphitheatre space where stories might be read, outdoor chess played or music and theatre performed.
Orientation of the library has been considered to provide maximum sunlight in to the building in winter with carefully proportioned roof overhangs providing shade in summer. The height and depth of the building has also been optimised to provide the best possible natural daylight and ventilation. Windows are all automatically controlled but can still be adjusted to suit individual comfort levels.
All rain is collected from the roof, stored in three large underground tanks and supplies all the water needed for the building including a reservoir for firefighting. All windows are double glazed, roofs and walls highly insulated and an array of photovoltaic panels has been designed to provide all the energy required to run the building during summer.
Dialogue with Ngati Paoa iwi in regard to sensitive historical ancestral issues specific to the site led to sightlines significant to them being incorporated in to the open space courtyard design and marked by an installation of beautifully carved pou.
Magnificent artwork by internationally renowned local artist Kazu Nakagawa has been fully integrated in to the façade, wall linings and floor of the building.
View the construction photos on our blog here.
Honoured recipient of the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Award 2015: Commercial Architectural Excellence and the Resene Overall Supreme Award. See our press releases here.