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Library 27

Maximising the potential of the site

Activating the streetscape


Activating the streetscape

Spacious, light-filled apartments

Built on a narrow corner site measuring just 309sqm, Library 27 delivers 49 thoughtfully designed, high-quality apartments in a prime central location. The building enjoys close proximity to the Auckland Public Library, AUT City Campus, and plenty of public transport.

Reminiscent of a luminous white veil, the building’s volume reduces at the upper levels, providing each of the apartments on the top floors with a large terrace and picturesque views that span across Auckland.

Views across the city


Views across the city

Auckland, New Zealand
September 2020


sqm narrow site


apartments, including a penthouse


metre-wide building

Stepped building form


Stepped building form


Given the nature of the small and challenging site, this project required careful planning to maximise the apartment yield for the client, create high-quality living spaces for the residents, and devise a street frontage that draws people to the area.

Taking advantage of its location, Library 27 injects new life into Rutland Street and creates a sense of activity for those living there.

A mix of studios, 1-bedroomand 2-bedroom apartments, and a 3-bedroom penthouse spread across the upper two levels make up the apartment layout. All have been designed with a blend of neutral colours, giving tenants and owners the opportunity to create a space from a blank canvas.

The incorporation of passive design principles has given each apartment access to natural ventilation, light, and temperature control. The intelligent design maximises balconies, views, and a sense of space, and, due to the building’s orientation, a generous amount of sunlight floods the building from all angles. Fire stairs and lifts have been located hard against the neighbouring boundary, allowing the greatest possible area to the apartment units.

To activate the street frontage, Library 27 has two commercial spaces at the ground level, drawing pedestrians in from the street below. The underground car park, located under the retail podium, gives space for 6 cars. Due to the limited floor space in the basement, a turn table was implemented to allow cars to turn in the small area.


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