Devonport Library

On February 27, 2013 by Eye on Auckland


Proposed Devonport Library

I am not sure what to make of this, probably because the renders aren’t big enough and/or there isn’t enough detail. Currently I am not that inspired by the design but I will wait and see if there are better images forthcoming.

A modern library is being built in Devonport to replace the existing library on Windsor Reserve. The proposed 950m2 library, built over two floors, will provide an enhanced customer experience, attractive views and connection with the neighbouring reserve. The new library will offer improved facilities where people can meet, read, and access information and learning programmes, including an extended range of children’s and youth programmes and other activities.

The proposed design embraces sustainable principles to ensure the library is environmentally friendly and sympathetic to its natural surroundings at Windsor Reserve, as well as being complimentary to other buildings in the area. Construction work will begin later in 2013 and is due for completion in December 2014.


Architects impression of Devonport Library from Windsor Reserve – concept only


The current Devonport library was built in 1953 and has been extended and renovated at various times. It has now reached the point where it would require significant structural work and is no longer fit-for-purpose. There are more than 7,000 active library members in Devonport, with an average of 16,700 visitors and nearly 21,000 items issued each month.

In 2006, the former North Shore City Council commenced a project to redevelop the library. Auckland Council commissioned an independent review into alternative locations for the library. It was found that Windsor Reserve remained the preferred location from a town planning perspective, in addition to a number of other factors.


Architects impression of Devonport Library interior – concept only

In January 2013, following a robust proposal and tender process during November and December 2012, Auckland Council announced Athfield Architects Ltd as its architectural partner for this project. Athfields, an award-winning and internationally-recognised firm, will work with engineering consultants AECOM on the project.

Auckland Council and the Devonport Library project team are holding a public workshop on Friday 1 March 2013. This is an opportunity to learn more about the concept design and to speak to council representatives and the architects. The team will present the concept design and take the opportunity to explain it to the general public. It is also an opportunity for people to tell us what they think of the design and how they want to see the space used.

Drop-in sessions will be held in the Devonport Library foyer, and, for the benefit of commuters, the last session will be held at the Devonport Wharf.

Library foyer 10.30am - 11.30am
12.30pm – 1.30pm
3pm – 4.30pm
Devonport wharf 5.30pm - 7pm

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