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Waitakere Civic Centre Serves as a Green Community and Transportation Hub
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 12, 2011 @ 4:01 pm In Architecture | No Comments
The Civic Centre is composed of three main sections – the civic wing, the administration wing and the link element. The civic wing contains the Council Chamber, Councillor’s facilities and the Directorate, while the administration wing contains public interface facilities and open-plan office space for council staff. A grand staircase connects the five stories of staff offices, encourages natural ventilation and staff interaction. Finally, the link element is a public pedestrian connection to the new rail station  and Henderson CBD.
The building was designed foremost with good access to public transportation, amenities and energy efficiency. High performance insulation is used in conjunction with sun shading, integrated air floors and extensive use of natural daylighting and materials were chosen for their sustainable and renewable properties. Water is conserved throughout the building and storm water is treated on site through a green roof  and rain garden. Cultural heritage also influenced the design of the building, especially the City Council Chamber, which takes the form of a gourd, a significant local iwi (Maori people).
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