Rolleston Town Centre - Te Ara Ātea
The name Te Ara Ātea for the new Rolleston Library and Community Centre was gifted to Selwyn District Council by Te Taumutu Runanga, meaning ‘unobstructed trail to the world and beyond.’
This $17 million project is a landmark development for the proposed Rolleston Town Centre, situated on what is currently Rolleston reserve.
A central element of the design is the open public space, connecting the town centre to Te Ara Ātea – the library and community centre. The area has been designed so that people can move freely between the indoor environment of Te Ara Ātea and the outdoor spaces that encourage community gathering, activities, recreation and reflection.
The multi-modal functionality and design is a testament to this people-centric approach. A blank canvas to work from, the team were able to create a distinctive and multi-functional civic project that includes an overhead lighting system for a unique night-time environment, raised gardens with seating, water features, a kids zone, an area for performances and farmers market, and laneways which will be part of the food and beverage facilities.
Extensive consultation with Selwyn Council, Te Taumutu and the Champions group was undertaken to gain an understanding of what the community needed. The result is a library and community centre that assimilates a cultural narrative reflecting the diverse community.