Envivo engineers provided civil and structural engineering services on the stunning new Waiheke library. Pacific Environments architects designed the building with the unique island environment in mind and naturally, being on Waiheke, had to include the very latest environmental technologies.
Some of the challenges included on-site water reticulation which was solved with large tanks to capture roof water, partly dug into a bank to hide their bulk, ensuring continuity of supply plus an extra reservoir for firefighting.
The design also had to take into account sourcing the materials as all structural materials other than locally available ready mixed concrete needed to be transported by truck and ferry to the site.
Pacific Environments used interesting and intricate architectural details with sloping surfaces and elements, wave designs and a cantilevered reading platform that fits around an internal pole. Vertical and raking timber poles supporting the roof structure are not only structural, they collectively form a metaphoric canopy of Pohutakawa trees.
The building has won the Commercial Architectural Excellence Award, and the prestigious Resene Overall Supreme Award, at the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2015. Read more.
Mike Edwards, lead engineer on this project, said “the resulting library is a beautiful example of thoughtful design fulfilling our client’s brief for functionality, style and natural materials. The building provides a superb facility for Waiheke residents. We were very pleased to be able to work together with Pacific Environments Architects and Auckland Council as the clients to see it all come together so well.”
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