Library Lane


Albany, Auckland
‚ÄčLibrary Lane is a mixed use development consisting of nine buildings.

The buildings range in height from 4-7 storeys. Stage one of the project consists of 120 apartments, 6 retail and 6 live-work units The holistic approach to the development was to create a thoughtful response to the natural features, history and typography of the site. The buildings are arranged to form a pedestrian network with urban streets creating a pedestrian scaled community environment with strong visual and pedestrian linkages from Library Lane down to the stream reserve and western views beyond.  The community environment, forefront in the design approach of this development, is heightened by the design decision to have several cores servicing a maximum of 7 apartments, rather than a single core with multiple apartments off a long corridor.   Many of the apartments are designed to be dual aspect, allowing natural light to all bedrooms and creating large exterior balconies and decks to allow occupants to enjoy private outdoor living.

A woven flax motif is incorporated throughout the design of the buildings, a nod to the Flax Mills that historically occupied the area.  With large north-facing balconies and an importance of natural light penetrating the interiors, BDG Architects have created a welcoming and timeless high density development.