My Favourite Building: Textile artist Vita Cochran

Article by Home Magazine
Vita Cochran. Photograph by Stephen Goodenough.

Textile designer Vita Cochran loves this “unashamedly modern” Christchurch building. Photograph by Stephen Goodenough.


“I love this building because of its inspired siting: a wonderful modern library, a building with personality, in the sandhills of New Brighton beach. It’s elliptical and aerodynamic, nautical without being heavy-handed, with a roof like folded insect wings and sunshades on one face which suggest paper kites. In winter you can sit in a window seat with a pile of books and look out at the waves crashing just metres away. In summer you can get your magazines out and read them on the beach. I love that the building is unashamedly modern yet it sits easily with the 1934 clock tower at its Western entrance. Happily, though it is in the city’s damaged eastern suburbs, the library came through the earthquakes with only minor cosmetic damage. It was soon open to the public again with its shelves full beyond capacity, carrying material from other quake-damaged Christchurch libraries and with extended hours to cope with increased demand.”

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