Saturday, August 1, 2009


It is no secret that at [EYE] ON AUCKLAND we love Melbourne and the cutting edge architecture & design that is so prevalent in that marvelous city. We are pleased to see that the same kind of architecture and progressive thinking is starting to take root in our fabulous city. The repressed mentality of the 70's that is so instilled here should soon be a thing of the past as people realise that quirky and adventurous architecture is not something to be afraid of but that it creates a far more exciting, progressive urban landscape.

One such building is the new [BIRKENHEAD LIBRARY] currently under construction on Auckland's North Shore. A sod turning ceremony was held on the 19th of December. The library will house some of council’s important community services such as the Birkenhead -Northcote Community Board meeting rooms. It will also be home to the Citizens Advice Bureau, Plunket and will allow Community Co-ordinator contact.

The building will be built to Green Star NZ status, which is New Zealand's first comprehensive environmental rating system for buildings. The design concept for the new library responds to the existing established trees in the Nell Fisher Reserve, which in ancient times was part of an extensive Kauri forest. Panoramic views of Auckland, Rangitoto and the upper harbour edge are able to be seen through the trees from the reserve.

The building will also deploy Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles giving substantial energy savings for cost in use, recyclable materials, night purging in summer and natural rather than artificial lighting where possible. The ESD is further supplemented by mechanical & fire services where because of site orientation and the libraries floor plan arrangement to the brief, further cooling or heating is required in some circumstances. We will bring you more once this project has been completed.

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