Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre is a new community facility in southwest Christchurch. It features a 21st century library, an outdoor summer pool, a Council customer service desk, a café and a range of community meeting rooms – all in a light, diverse and intimate setting.

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With so many services “under one roof”, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre acts as a hub for the rapidly-growing Halswell community, many of whom helped shape the centre’s design and facilities by submitting their wish-list – to establish a place of social connection that builds community. The result is an accessible, welcoming and inclusive community resource for all.

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In the library, this connectivity is reflected in the three Landing Points, scattered throughout the space; supplied by Instinct Furniture. Library staff had a very clear concept for these interactive stations and Paul White, Instinct Furniture’s Director of Design, was approached to carry the concept through to fruition.

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The Landing Points feature compact round worktops with an emphasis on providing a place to meet, greet and connect. The central barrels provide storage and reticulate cabling as well as a mounting for attractive signage featuring a playful pūkeko motif.

Visitors to the library are warmly welcomed by staff and are invited to explore and enjoy the range of spaces, furniture and resources.

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