Auckland Council

Completion Date

February 2015


NZ Commercial Project Awards 2016 – National Category and Gold Awards, Commercial and Civic category and Commercial Project $5 – $15 Million category

NZ Property Council Awards 2015 – Excellence, Education category and Merit, Green Building category

Working around the trees and under the intense scrutiny of the community, the construction team have achieved a delightful timber building with intimate views of the park and glimpses of the harbour beyond.

Judges Comments

NZ Commercial Project Awards

A multi-award-winning, hugely popular library featuring engineered timber.

Designed by Athfield Architects, the 1060m² Devonport Library – Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua – is split over a ground floor and mezzanine connected by a lift and feature staircase. The ground floor contains staff work areas, the main library area, an area for teens, and a children’s area. The mezzanine floor contains the study areas, including two rooms for group discussion.

A glulam portal structure, the rooms and roof are formed from structural steel. The cladding is of vertical ship-lapped cedar weatherboards. Windows frame harbour views. The entrance, expanses of glass, pathways and outdoor seating integrate the library with the main street of Devonport. The high quality interior finishes include Decortech panels to the ceilings and feature timber walls.

The building makes use of practical features such as passive ventilation achieved through large banks of glass louvres, and more whimsical touches such as a microchip-activated cat door for the library cat.

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

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


Categories: Auckland, Engineered Timber, Environmental, Government, Leisure & Cultural