The Whagaparaoa Library, located north of Auckland on the beautiful Whangaparaoa peninsula, was originally designed by Warren and Mahoney and was completed in 2004 as part of the regeneration of the area. 12 years on while the facade is still in great condition (thanks to its simple modern aesthetic), the interior was due for an update.
Hampton Jones completed the refurbishment and renewal of the library in 2016. The objective of the interior upgrade, led by architectural designer Marsha Valenta, was 'to create a warm and inviting space, leading visitors into the heart of the library'. The new inclusion of the hopscotch feature carpet, vibrant colour choices and beautifully backlit reception joinery are all great touches. I arrived the morning of the photoshoot to find half a dozen of little humans and parents already waiting outside the library before the door even opened - an indication that good design brings families and the community together.
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