Devonport Library, from the top of the staircase

Devonport Library – Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua – combines all the amenities of a modern library and community hub with a welcoming outdoor space, all sited on the main street of Devonport.

It’s a lovely place to be, with a warm and inviting interior fitout and much attention paid to practical environmental features such as passive ventilation. More whimsical touches include porthole-shaped windows, a microchip-activated cat door for the library cat, and a secret door in the children’s area.

The new library sits on a site of ancestral significance to local iwi. Naylor Love worked closely with an archaeologist during excavation, and with an arborist to protect trees important to the local community throughout the build.

We’re delighted to see that the community has embraced their new library, with record numbers of visitors since it opened.

Client: Auckland City Council
Completed: February 2015
Awards: ​NZ Property Council Awards 2015 – Excellence in Education and Arts and Merit in Green Building. NZ Commercial Project Awards 2016, National Category and Gold awards, Commercial Project $5 Million – $15 Million; National Category and Gold awards, Commercial and Civic


Auckland, Engineered Timber, Environmental, Government, Interiors / Fitout, Leisure & Cultural