This was a high-profile project in Katikati and the surrounding community, which had been in the planning stage for 14 years. The Hub, in particular, required extensive consultation and collaboration to produce a flexible multi-purpose space for local community groups. Community consultation was an extended process with the Client, Architect, individual groups and the general public to refine and define the project scope.
Accessed via a curving covered walkway leading to the central landscaped plaza, the library building is two-storeyed and steel framed, with perimeter precast concrete containing glazed walls and a mezzanine floor over approximately half the floor area. The total floor area equals 800m2.
The ground floor contains quiet reading spaces, archive storage, staff offices and amenities with access to an outdoor reading court. The Community Hub is a single storey building for a wide variety of Community uses. The Hub contains meeting rooms, a full kitchen, storerooms, amenities and moveable walls, which allow flexible space for all manner of events, displays and functions. The Hub is steel framed with perimeter precast concrete and glazed walls. The total floor area is 375m2.
A steel frame with perimeter precast concrete wall panel structural solution was chosen for economy and to achieve the Architectural vision of an open and flexible internal space which was robust and durable. Careful structural detailing, cross discipline co-ordination and regular REVIT model transfer was undertaken from the initial stages of the project to achieve the desired Architectural impact.