AUT Akoranga Learning Centre

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Architecture, Interior Design

This project involved the reinvigoration of an eccentric mid-sixties academic library to reflect the needs of contemporary academic study within this AUT campus.

The client’s key aim was to create an academic environment that cultivated learning through a mixture of different working modes; from collaborative to independent learning spaces. With internal and external design echoing patterns of library shelves, reconfigurable screening walls create spatial divisions and acoustically soften these collaborative and private meeting spaces.

With the client’s deep commitment to sustainable design practice, the reinvigoration of the building utilised materials from the existing development as far as possible. This ranged from structural components to water management and unique material detailing.

Timber screening, used to reduce glare, effectively works to protect the library collection, whilst low level backlighting integrated with user-controlled task lighting combines with natural sunlight to create a light-filled interior. These louvres work to control internal climate, as well

as a green wall populated by deciduous creepers.

Climate control is addressed in a variety of ways. Stack ventilation is supported by cross-flow air movement. Auto-controlled air flows are combined with localised user-controlled louvres. Areas of high heat generation are managed: photocopier spaces have user-controlled louvers, computer labs have sub-floor ventilation and playful forms on the south side provide cross-ventilation in these spaces.


  • 2006 NZIA Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture – Education
  • 2005 NZIA – Resene Local Award for Architecture – Education
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