University of Otago
Information Services Building
Dunedin, New Zealand
Inspired by our expansion and renovation of the Los Angeles Central Library, the University of Otago engaged us to develop a student precinct master plan for the campus, and to plan, program and design the University’s new Information Services Building (ISB) and an addition to the existing student union. The ISB incorporates the University’s existing main library, while housing new media facilities, instructional technologies, electronic classrooms, computer clusters, group study rooms, library collection storage and staff areas. As sustainability played a critical role in the project’s evolution, the building elevations were designed for specific conditions of solar orientation and elemental forces. A natural ventilation system is coordinated with the mechanical systems by automated fenestrations, and the multi-level mezzanine provides a stack affect that moves air through the facility.
2000 (phase I); 2001 (phase II)
Program & Highlights
Group study rooms
2004 New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), National Award for Architecture
2003 Property Council of New Zealand Building Awards, Excellence in Education and Arts
2003 Property Council of New Zealand Building Awards, EnergyWise Commercial Building Award
2003 Otago Chamber of Commerce, City Development Award
2003 NZIA Resene Southern Local Awards for Architecture, Award for Community & Cultural/Education Architecture
Elizabeth Arcurl, “Information Services Building, University of Otago,” Architectural Record, August 2002
NZ Architect: Opus International Consultants Ltd.
Contractor: Naylor Love
Project Manager: OCTA Associates Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Hadley & Robinson
Mechanical/Electrical: Arup & Partners
Photographer: John Gollings