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Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension

  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti
  • Gisborne District Council H B Williams Memorial Library Extension - A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti

"A welcoming knowledge hub that speaks of Tairawhiti"

LIBRARY WINNER 2019 GISBORNE/HAWKE'S BAY NZIA LOCAL AWARDS // PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE

“A vibrant learning hub and home for the local community, strongly connected to its local context” was the Gisborne District Council’s design brief for the H B Williams Memorial Library extension. The project involved the extension and renovation of the original 1960s modernist library to create a contemporary community learning environment with a combined floor area of over 2000m2. Gisborne’s library is one of the Council’s most-used facilities, with up to 5,000 visitors a week so extensive stakeholder and cultural engagement was essential to explore and understand the future role of the library within the Tairāwhiti community.

Throughout the design process, Chow:Hill collaborated with the Gisborne District Council and Tohunga Derek Lardelli, cultural design director, Lardelli Arts, to carefully weave cultural narratives, local history and maanakitanga into this new place of learning. Examples of this cultural, artistic and architectural collaboration include the three Toki forming the gateway to the building, the Kaokao flooring articulation guiding visitors from the entry, and the Poutama expression framing the entry and service counters. The outcome resulted in open and vibrant spaces and functional flexibility allowing the facility to welcome community groups and after-hours events, enhancing its place in the community and sustainability long term.

The completed project was officially opened in April 2018.

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