Pacific Environments (previously Architects Dodd Paterson) were brought in to develop the master plan and concept for a library, leisure and aquatic facility with the final, multi-award winning complex, incorporating a multi-purpose sports hall, fitness centre, crèche, library, kitchen, function rooms and administration offices complete with external water feature and boardwalk. The building was awarded a NZ Premier Creative Spaces Award. The design team worked with Kate Wells to integrate work by local artists in to the building design.
When the Waitakere City Council commissioned the design of the new Massey Library and Leisure Centre there was a strong emphasis on the use of sustainable resources and environmentally friendly building practices. In meeting the brief reflecting the Eco City philosophy the building design features rain water collection, evaporative cooling over an entrance pond and an abundance of high level natural light and ventilation. Concrete thermal mass floors suspended over underground ducts with fans draw air in that has been cooled by the water and natural Zincalume roofing and cladding is left unpainted to reflect unwanted heat gain.
The features are as much educational as they are functional. An interactive photovoltaic panel installation is linked to computer displays in the library so that users can compare electricity generated by the building against electricity used by the building. The design also acknowledges local historic links. The awning at the entrance for example is a reference to gum-digger campsites that were once a feature of the district.
In 2002 the building took home many awards, the Ernst and Young Special Purposes Property Award, Energy-wise Commercial Building Award Finalist, Premier Creative Spaces Award, Enhancing the Built Environment Award, EECA Highly Commended and was a NZIA Local Awards Finalist.