Join us for an architectural tour of Christchurch’s new central library, Tūranga. Designed by Architectus in association with Danish architectural practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, the new library plays a key role in the city’s recovery, revitalisation of the city centre, and Cathedral Square.

This project is a true reflection of the power of collaboration and stakeholder engagement. In partnership with Matapopore Trust a multi-layered and intricate bicultural design response was developed and centred on the notion of mātauranga mana whenua – the body of knowledge that originates from the people of this place.

The building is a beacon, creating a vibrant edge to Cathedral Square and a dialogue between the civic space of the Square and the activities within the library, particularly the key public space of the Community Arena. The project responds to the changing role of libraries in today’s environment, the local context and international trends in library design. It provides a social hub for the community to access and share knowledge through a range of media, in a building which is welcoming, diverse and representative of the community it serves.



Date and Time
Saturday 28 September 2019
11:00am – 12:30pm

60 Cathedral Square
Christchurch Central

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