Installation: Devonport Library
Product: Black & White Collection - Customs
Architect: Athfield Architects
As impressive as any public building that has ever been built on the Shore, Devonport Library is turning heads, and attracting record visitor numbers. The old Devonport Library was built in 1953 and had been extended and renovated at various times. In 2013 work began on the existing site to build a new library, but with Athfields as the architect, this library sets a new benchmark in New Zealand. It is a striking example of a stylish, modern public building that seemingly places aesthetics as highly as functionality. With high ceilings and a mezzanine floor area, the library has 950m2 of floor space, but sits within the same footprint as the former library on Windsor Reserve. Feature windows frame harbour views on the south and east sides of the building, while to the west the entrance, expanses of glass pathways, and outdoor seating integrate the building with Devonport’s main street.
Calling it a library is a mis-conception. This building is now the central community hub for Devonport that links the seafront to the art deco town sitting behind it. It incorporates lounges, fireplaces, full connectivity and creates a desire to learn, enjoy and relax in a home away from home.
The flooring is a key component in creating this relaxed, visually appealing yet understated space. The Interface carpet tile (supplied by INZIDE Commercial) incorporates both highly recycled content (yarn from old fishing nets and backing from old carpet tile having its 2nd or 3rd life) and is 100% recyclable old from New Zealand.