We are building a modern library in Devonport to replace the existing library on Windsor Reserve.
The proposed 950m2 library will be built over two floors. It 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 and read
- access to information and learning programmes
- 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, fits into its natural surroundings at Windsor Reserve, and complements other buildings in the area.
The new library is due for completion in December 2014.
Architect's impression of Devonport Library from Windsor Reserve – concept only
Devonport Library artist announced
A celebrated New Zealand artist with a childhood connection to Devonport has been selected to create a series of artworks for the new Devonport Library.
Judy Millar, who has represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011, has been chosen from 85 artists who applied.
Millar’s work is included in notable collections in New Zealand and around the world.
Millar will work on concepts with council’s Arts and Culture team and Athfield Architects.
Judy Millar was brought up on Auckland’s North Shore and has had a long association with the Devonport and Takapuna areas.
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 7000 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.
The library redevelopment is now being brought to life by the council and the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.
Height and scale of the building
Much of the feedback received on the proposed design was positive and many local groups have shown a genuine interest in providing positive input into a workable facility for their community.
It is also acknowledged that artist’s impressions are often difficult for the general public to visualise in an accurate spatial context.
We took this into consideration and, in an effort to give the public every opportunity to understand the proposal, supported the project team to commission two practical tools to demonstrate height and scale.
- New library model – this scale (1:100) model is on display in the foyer of the existing library and shows the proposed concept design in the context in which it will sit. You can see trees, shop frontages, houses and pedestrian crossings.
- Height indicator poles – poles have been positioned on the existing building to show the height of the new building. Drawings on the noticeboard inside describe the location of each pole. At its highest point, the new building will be 400mm (40cm) higher than the existing building.
Our architectural partners
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.
Architect's impression of Devonport Library interior – concept only