Paraparaumu Public Library by Warren and Mahoney
A strong, elegant and cost effective architectural effort has created Paraparaumu’s first truly civic building. It establishes an ‘urban backbone’ to a precinct of existing mixed quality suburban-centre buildings. The architecture unselfconsciously integrates environmentally sustainable principles such as the ventilated floor slab and external louvres as positive components of space, form and operation. Direct and clear planning carefully choreographs movement around and within the building and keys it firmly to the built and landscaped context. This is a carefully layered and elegantly composed building that engages the human spirit.