Covering more than 9,850m² of space over five stories the library supports 19 community, digital and mobile libraries. A large internal atrium, feature stairs and balconies and community areas are part of the design.

The structure consists of large post-tensioned concrete walls with viscous dampers to provide a low damage structural system along with a steel moment resisting frame structure to the perimeter.

Lewis Bradford has received the following awards for Tūranga:

  • The Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards 2019 - Structures in Extreme Conditions
  • SESOC Awards 2019 - Commercial Building Award and Supreme Award
  • NZSEE Awards 2019 - 2019 NZSEE Seismic Resilience Award for Low Damage Design
  • Engineering NZ ENVI Awards 2019 - Engineering Innovation ENVI Highly Commended
  • ACENZ Innovate NZ Awards 2019 - Silver and Community Award
  • Concrete NZ Learned Society - Sandy Cormack Award 2019


Other awards Tūranga has received:

  • NZIA 2019 John Scott Award for Public Architecture
  • Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2019 - Supreme Award
  • Registered Master Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2019 - Gold and National Category Awards 


Photography Credit: Pam Carmichael Photography