Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

Te Awe Library


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A new public library for Wellington located in the heart of the CBD.

Across one and a half floors of the recently strengthened Harbour City Centre, HMOA has created a welcoming hub and meeting place on Wellington's Golden Mile.  Te Awe is a temporary library while Wellington awaits the seismic strengthening of the Central Library in Civic Square, designed by Ian Athfield.

An internal street links the two entranceways and a cafe, designed by Alistair Cox, is carefully integrated into the overall design.

The challenge of low ceilings and large K-braces have been mitigated with colour and a language of natural timber joinery.

Photos: Andy Spain

Services have been left exposed and disguised with dark colours. Further challenges were to integrate modern library technologies, way-finding, acoustics, and flexibility of each space into a coherent design solution.

Artwork from pupils at Clyde Quay School have been integrated into the colour scheme by WCC's design team.