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This new public library was envisaged as the catalyst for a revitalisation of Te Kauwhata township

Standing at the gateway to the village centre, the 300sqm library is pivotal to the urban fabric of the township.

The angled structural glass curtain enhances the transition from the park into the retail development beyond.

This project won the 2011 NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Branch Award (Public Architecture). 

The judges said: "A sculptural and vivacious exterior leads via a sweeping entry into a central vortex which then spills out to the pleasant pools that are the book spaces. The Architect's stated belief that ‘good public architecture should be robust and enduring, but should also delight and inspire people’ has been ably realised in this project. The library is a building that should make its town proud".