Victoria University of Wellington Campus Hub & Library
 

Victoria University of Wellington Campus Hub & Library

Client:
Victoria University of Wellington

Location:
Wellington

Completion:
2013

Size:
19,500m2

Project Value:
$63m

Design Partner
Athfield Architects

Contact:
Carsten Auer

This project looks to align existing library facilities with international best practice and integrate them into the new Hub to create a heart for the Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn Campus.

The Campus Hub and Library project responds to the changing pedagogical environment of today, new trends for maintaining and disseminating knowledge, as well as students’ increased expectations of social and recreational amenities on campus. Learning and social functions are no longer separate and as such the project seeks to shift the boundaries between secure and non-secure elements of the library and create a greater overlap with the social learning and recreational functions of the Hub.

Within the wider context the project addresses the need for a ‘front door’ and improved campus interface with Kelburn Parade and a more legible circulation network within the overall campus.

Key responsibilities of the design team led by Athfield / Architectus have been to:

  • develop an Urban Design strategy that addressed key campus-wide design goals identified in the existing ‘Campus Development Frame Work’ and ‘Master Strategy Report’
  • establish a Briefing Document including analysis of functional requirements against International Library Space Planning Standards and selected NZ University Statistics
  • develop and deliver a design concept for the Campus Hub and Library Upgrade including the central outdoor space.
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“The genius (and I don’t use that word lightly) of this design is that it is not really a building but a complex – integrating a number of programmatic requirements while masquerading as a single solution. It is, in this sense, a wonderful architectural trick in which the Hub holds its own through the vertical articular of an elevated volume.”

Peter Wood, Architecture New Zealand, January 2014

“This is the work of architects who studied at a time when there were certain select buildings that were the touchstones for masterful practice.”

Peter Wood, Architecture New Zealand, January 2014

Client:
Victoria University of Wellington

Location:
Wellington

Completion:
2013

Size:
19,500m2

Project Value:
$63m

Design Partner
Athfield Architects

Contact:
Carsten Auer

Awards

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award – Education 2014
PCNZ Property Industry Best in Category Award – Education and Arts Award 2014
NZIA Wellington Architecture Award – Education 2013