Location: Auckland, New Zealand
This is an adaptive re-use proposal for a soon to be disused carpark, which offers a great opportunity for a new type of public institution, which brings together key aspects of a library, a gallery, a cultural centre and urban park in central city locations. A central track loops up the height of the building taking visitors through the active zone, where people can play interactive learning games. A new light well is cut through the centre of the building. Dynamic content, that is partly curated by members of the community through online submissions and voting is shown on interactive screens, fog projections and through Augmented reality devices, which can be loaned to visitors. Temporarily archived books are stored in the central bookshelf enclosures, protected from weather. These can be accessed intermittently, if desired, otherwise books related to the current topics are clustered around the space on book chandeliers. The overall theme rotates fortnightly. Quiet reading and learning zones can be found towards the perimeter of the floor plates and roof garden.