Tūranga, one of nine anchor projects identified as vital to the redevelopment of Christchurch, is a sophisticated response to a set of complex requirements that push the boundaries of the modern library and its relevance to the city and patrons. This really feels like a place for people of all ages and demographics. In its accommodation of a wide range of activities and provision of multiple services, Tūranga succeeds admirably in meeting many aspirational goals, including strengthening the community, advancing literacy and lifetime learning, celebrating diversity of culture and heritage and drawing people back to the city centre. The magnificent staircase is an unmissable organising move, gathering and inviting visitors up through three floors before circulating them out onto viewing terraces with carefully framed views of the city.
2019 Canterbury Architecture Award – Interior Architecture: NZIA Jury Citation