Waitakere Central Library & Unitec Facilities

Waitakere Central Library & Unitec Facilities

Designed in conjunction with Athfield Architects, this project consists of the new Waitakere City Central Library, which also integrates the Unitec collection, and new teaching facilities for the Unitec Institute of Technology.

Sited adjacent to the existing Unitec building in Henderson, the two buildings (and a third attached car parking building) are arranged around a new pedestrian street and urban square to form a new civic precinct. Part of a building programme that includes the nearby Waitakere Civic Centre, the project intended to act as a catalyst for the future development of the Henderson CBD.

The Library is the largest in the area, with a depth of collection and a range of services greater than any of the city's other libraries. The collections available include a specialist collection for the entire library system, an extensive New Zealand and Pacific collection and a developing corporate library service.

The general health collection of the adjacent Unitec Nursing and Health Studies faculties have been integrated with the public collection while the specialist textbooks have a separate section for staff and students on the upper floor of the library.

The new Unitec building accommodates general teaching, laboratories, lecture and student facilities and administration.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Waitakere City Council / Unitec
Auckland, New Zealand
Floor area
8000 m²
Original value
Malcolm Bowes


  • NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture 2006