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New Central Library | Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi
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DESIGNER
 
 
Schmidt Hammer Lassen
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DESCRIPTION
 
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schmidt hammer lassen, New Central Library, Christchurch, New ZelandThe Christchurch Central Recovery Plan provides the framework for the redevelopment of Christchurch city centre, which was severely damaged by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. The previous Central Library on Gloucester Street was badly damaged and the land it stands on has been designated for the city's new convention centre. The design concept for the Recovery Plan is for a greener, more accessible city with a compact city centre and a strong identity. The aim is to become a city for all people and cultures recognising, in particular, the Ngai Tahu heritage and places of social and historical significance.

schmidt hammer lassen, New Central Library, Christchurch, New ZelandThe Recovery Plan lays out precincts and anchor projects to catalyse investment, growth and social energy that will bring people back into the city centre. The New Central Library is one of these anchor projects.

“The New Central Library will be a social gathering point in the rebuilt city. It will provide easy access to digital technologies and local heritage collections. There will be exhibition and performance spaces, a learning centre, spaces to relax – indoors and outdoors – and activities to entertain and educate young people,” explained Morten Schmidt, founding partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects.

Christchurch City Council required architects with experience of designing large libraries and public buildings.

schmidt hammer lassen architects has designed an impressive list of libraries: eight completed and four currently under construction. The best known is the Royal Library in Copenhagen – the Black Diamond – which has set new standards for academic libraries all over the world. The most recently completed library is the Aberdeen University New Library, which received a prestigious RIBA award in 2013. Under construction is Aarhus’s new public library, Dokk1, which will become Scandinavia’s largest library, and Halifax Central Library in Canada. Both are due for completion in 2014.
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schmidt hammer lassen, New Central Library, Christchurch, New Zeland
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Oceania
Nation
New Zealand
Isle
South Island
Region
Canterbury
Town
Christchurch
Address
Gloucester Street, Cathedral Square
 
 
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Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Education buildings
Other education centres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2013 - 2014     project winner of competition
Realisation
2014 - 2017
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CLIENT
 
 
Christchurch City Council
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AMOUNT
 
 
NZ$ 85,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 12,000
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
Architectus
Consultant
Arup, Sydney
Mott MacDonald
Marshall Day
Planz Consulting
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CREDITS
 
 
Drawings © schmidt hammer lassen
Text edited by schmidt hammer lassen
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen

schmidt hammer lassen, New Central Library, Christchurch, New Zeland



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