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Redcliffs Village Library / Young Architects

  • 20:00 - 14 December, 2017
Redcliffs Village Library / Young Architects
© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher

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Redcliffs Village Library / Young Architects, © Dennis Radermacher
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Text description provided by the architects. The Redcliffs Village Library is a volunteer library run by the community, in a building that is owned by the Christchurch City Council.  The rebuild of the earthquake damaged building was driven by the community, and we worked very closely with them, as well as meeting the Christchurch City Council’s requirements for the sustainability of the new building.

The community needed an affordable library building that also provided space for community meetings.

The City Council required the building to be low maintenance and efficient.

© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher

The architecture of the building is full of metaphors associated with the library and its contents

-The roofing and cladding represents the dust cover of a book, with the spine and edge reflected in the curved flashings.
-The white ends of the building represent the pages of a book.
-The clear strip on the Main Road elevation has two purposes:

  • It gives more transparency than the semi-opaque polycarbonate, telegraphing a new visitors arrival as they move past it
  • It also represents the gap in the pages of a book, if the book was stood up on     its edge in a similar way to the form of the building

© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher

-The polycarbonate street gable is back-lit to glow at night time, in a similar way to a lighthouse.  In this sense, the lighthouse symbolizes:

  • Guidance, and the ability to weather a storm
  • A beacon of civilisation and education

© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher

-The reception counter is designed to represent books between two book ends.

© Dennis Radermacher
© Dennis Radermacher

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Redcliffs Village Library / Young Architects" 14 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/885437/redcliffs-village-library-young-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884