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Christchurch New Central Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday 21 Mar 2014
 

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Architectus and schmidt hammer lassen to design Christchurch New Central Library 

Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects and New Zealand based Architectus have won the commission to design the New Central Library in Christchurch, New Zealand. The new library, which will be up to approximately 12,000 sq m, will be one of the anchor projects in the Recovery Plan for the city of Christchurch after the damaging earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. 

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan provides the framework for the redevelopment of Christchurch city centre, which was severely damaged by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. The previous Central Library on Gloucester Street was badly damaged and the land it stands on has been designated for the city's new convention centre.

The design concept for the Recovery Plan is for a greener, more accessible city, with a compact city centre and a strong identity. The aim is to become a city for all people and cultures recognising, in particular, the Ngai Tahu heritage and places of social and historical significance.

The Recovery Plan lays out precincts and anchor projects to catalyse investment, growth and social energy that will bring people back into the city centre. The New Central Library is one of these anchor projects.

“The New Central Library will be a social gathering point in the rebuilt city. It will provide easy access to digital technologies and local heritage collections. There will be exhibition and performance spaces, a learning centre, spaces to relax - indoors and outdoors - and activities to entertain and educate young people,” explained Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. 

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