When interior designers Penny Calder and Verity Lawrence took over industrial offices in Wānaka they spent two years transforming the space into the Architecture + Design Library – an exceptional contemporary environment for the design industry.
“We created the AD Library as an inspiring location where architects, interior designers, engineers and builders could work alongside each other,” says Verity. “This includes a sample library with over 50 New Zealand brands as a shared resource. The design industry is a tough one so having colleagues to chat with over a coffee about projects has been one of the best things to come from the venture to date.”
The business offers beautifully designed private offices and co-working desks to rent, meeting rooms equipped with audio and visual facilities, and a newly created podcast booth. Pop up and exhibition space resides at the entry to the building showcasing an ever changing mix of talent from around New Zealand.
“An industry professional only needs to walk through the door to immediately see the benefits of having access to all the facilities we offer.
Insitu design products on show include floor and wall coverings and a stunning bathroom created with products from Italy and Germany.
“Nearly every type of window treatment has been used in the building and our kitchen is a showcase of library brands which is a great way to test product,” says Verity. “ It’s been an amazing journey achieved with the trust and support from all the brands and members who signed up when we first started and we are continuing to grow and evolve with their advice and ideas.”
AD Library offers non-member and membership options and has open days on Tuesdays, Thursdays and every second Saturday to provide library access for trade and the general public.
“For professionals or building we have monthly and yearly options that give full benefits of AD Library including meeting rooms and desk privileges. A typical day can see architects, engineers, and interior designers meeting clients, going over architectural plans, showcasing lighting or products and lunching together in our break-out space. It is fast becoming a space spilling over with ideas and inspiration.”