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Auckland Council and the Waiheke Local Board are proud to announce developed design approval for a $5.1m stand-alone library in Oneroa. The developed design presents a purpose-built community library for Waiheke situated at 131-133 Ocean View Road – a site next to the existing Artworks complex. The positioning of the new structure, along with additional surrounding outdoor space, transforms the existing complex into a larger, more attractive and prominent public space for Waiheke Island residents. The images shown on this project page depict a structure that is iconic, spacious and in harmony with its unique village location and Gulf Island surrounds. Building materials will be robust and natural and feature areas of glass that make the building light, bright, and inviting. The building has been designed to incorporate sustainable design principles and will provide the following benefits:

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Natural day lighting
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Natural air ventilation
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Passive solar heating
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High thermal insulation and double glazing for winter warmth
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Rainwater collection for water supply

With a footprint four times that of the current library and the advantages of flexible design, the new library will deliver improved quality and range of services for the people of Waiheke. The new library design will deliver vastly improved information technology including free WiFi beyond the library building and more public computers. The project team is working with Waiheke artist Kazu Nakagawa in developing concepts for integration into the building’s design. The concepts are based on Kazu’s interest in its function as a library (text and words) and Waiheke’s environment (landscape and weather). You can view Kazu's preliminary sketches on the Kazu Nakagawa website. The new library design has been firmly shaped and influenced by local residents.

The Waiheke Local Board would like to thank all that gave feedback on the proposed design during December 2011. Waiheke Local Board Chair Faye Storer says feedback at the public open days was overwhelmingly positive with most attendees in overall approval of the presented developed design. "Waiheke residents have waited patiently for some time for a fitting replacement library, so now that we finally have a design that delivers on what we want in a new library, people are keen to see things taking shape as soon as possible," says Faye Storer. The Waiheke Local Board is working closely with Auckland Council to deliver a high quality community asset that will become a source of pride and community right in the heart of Oneroa. It is anticipated that construction will commence in June 2012 and be completed in July 2013.
 
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