TAURANGA LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY HUB

Project Summary

Client: TAURANGA CITY COUNCIL

Project Type: CIVIC

Project Timeframe: 2024-2026

Architects: STUDIO PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE

Ratings:Not Applicable

Project Description

The three-storey library and community hub will be the first building to be constructed as part of Te Manawataki o Te Papa, a project to regenerate Tauranga’s civic precinct.

The precinct, which now has around 150 LT McGuinness staff and contractors working on site, will include city council offices, a civic whare and ātea, museum, exhibition gallery and extensive public spaces. The library itself will contain containing a café, flexible community spaces and meeting rooms, and views across the wider city to Te Awanui, Tauranga harbour..

Mātauranga Māori design runs through the entire project, which also has a strong emphasis on sustainability. It is targeting a 6 Green Star rating, the highest possible. It features mass-timber hybrid structural systems to minimise the buildings’ carbon impacts, and three different mass timber products will be used across the buildings.

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