Architects selected to design Christchurch new central library

23 March 2014 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2014 18:30)

Schmidt hammer lassen architects and New Zealand-based Architectus have been selected to design the new central library in Christchurch.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects and New Zealand-based Architectus have been selected to design the new central library in Christchurch.

The new 12,000m² library will be one of the projects in the recovery plan for the city of Christchurch, which was damaged by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

The Christchurch central recovery plan provides the framework for the re-development of city centre.

Schmidt hammer said the previous central library on Gloucester Street was badly damaged and that the land it stands on has been designated for the city's new convention centre.

"Plans include an art stadium, a metro sports facility and a new 2,000-seat convention centre." 

Schmidt hammer lassen architects founding partner Morten Schmidt said 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," Schmidt said.

In July 2012, the New Zealand Government unveiled plans for reconstruction of the Christchurch central business district.

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has created the plans, which detail a central business district with a re-developed city square within a L-shaped green space.

The plans include an art stadium, a metro sports facility and a new 2,000-seat convention centre, as well as public amenities such as the hospital, courts and education facilities.

The city will be divided into zones for health, arts and entertainment, retail, and justice and emergency facilities.