Turanga - Christchurch Central Library, Christchurch

Architect/Designer: Architectus     Contractor/Installer: Smith City Commercial

Turanga - Christchurch Central Library

Christchurch's central library was badly damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. As part of the citys recovery strategy a replacement library was identified as a key project to assit the revitalisation of the city centre and Cathedral Square. The building will be a beacon, creating a vibrant edge to Cathedral Square and a dialogue between the civic space of the square and the activites within the library, particularly the key public space of the Community Area. 

The project responds to the changing role of libraries in today's environment, the local context international trends in library design. The library provides a social hub for the community to access and share knowledge through a range of media, in a building which is welcoming, diverse and representative of the community it serves.

The project won various awards such as

  • NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Public Architecture 2019
  • NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Interior Architecture 2019
  • NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Resene Colour Award 2019 
  • Property Council Rider Levett Bucknall Industry Awards Best in category - Civic and Arts 2019
  • Property Council Rider Levett Bucknall Industry Awards - Supreme Award 2019. 

Products Used: Shaw View Realm carpet tile, Shaw Extraordinary Primitive carpet tile, Connexx entrance matting, Tredsafe nosings, Noraplan Uni rubber, Regupol Shape rubber. 

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