Greerton Library

Successful Transformation Turns Public Library into Active Urban Environment

Greerton Library
Greerton Library
Greerton Library
Greerton Library

Project Credits

Client

Tauranga City Council

Date Completed

2016

Sector

Public & Civic

Awards
Project Lead

Sam Thomas

Greerton library’s inspiring transformation from an inward-looking building to a community-focused hub was achieved through Chow:Hill’s design approach, focused on spatial possibilities.

A key objective of this collaborative design-build redevelopment was the transformation of a singular amenity to a facility that engages with the diverse needs of its population.

The strategic relocation of the library’s main front door enables direct connectivity to the previously underutilised Greerton Village Green, while the full height glass façade blurs the boundaries between public and place. The simple structural design of the modern new building is offset with a folded roofline constructed of profiled metal at a distinctive angular pitch.

High internal ceilings allow for the maximisation of natural light, while soft neutral tones have progressed the traditional library template to a contemporary environment with a strong digital presence.

Designed and constructed in collaboration with project partners, Marra Construction, Greerton Library is an engaging community asset, providing a range of amenities and opportunities for the region’s growing population.

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Tauranga City Libraries Manager, Jill Best notes: "...record breaking [visitor] figures were a tribute to the library's attempt to progress the traditional library template to a modern one with a strong digital presence.... Greerton Library is a great example of how libraries have evolved to become community knowledge hubs, offering traditional book-based services like activities for children and adults, spaces to read, study, to meet friends, community history and centres for people to access the internet and learn more about digital technology."

Greerton Library

Project Overview

Client

Tauranga City Council

Status

2016

Greerton library’s inspiring transformation from an inward-looking building to a community-focused hub was achieved through Chow:Hill’s design approach, focused on spatial possibilities.

A key objective of this collaborative design-build redevelopment was the transformation of a singular amenity to a facility that engages with the diverse needs of its population.

The strategic relocation of the library’s main front door enables direct connectivity to the previously underutilised Greerton Village Green, while the full height glass façade blurs the boundaries between public and place. The simple structural design of the modern new building is offset with a folded roofline constructed of profiled metal at a distinctive angular pitch.

High internal ceilings allow for the maximisation of natural light, while soft neutral tones have progressed the traditional library template to a contemporary environment with a strong digital presence.

Designed and constructed in collaboration with project partners, Marra Construction, Greerton Library is an engaging community asset, providing a range of amenities and opportunities for the region’s growing population.

Read More

Tauranga City Libraries Manager, Jill Best notes: "...record breaking [visitor] figures were a tribute to the library's attempt to progress the traditional library template to a modern one with a strong digital presence.... Greerton Library is a great example of how libraries have evolved to become community knowledge hubs, offering traditional book-based services like activities for children and adults, spaces to read, study, to meet friends, community history and centres for people to access the internet and learn more about digital technology."

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Greerton Library

Project Credits

Client

Greerton Library

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Public & Civic

Awards

 

Project Lead

Sam Thomas

Design Team

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