Library Lane Development

18 -24 Library Lane & 568 Albany Highway, Albany, Auckland

Initial Resource Consent granted in 2014, Variations in 2015 and 2016.

Construction and Sales underway.


A nine block, mixed use apartment development on a 15,000 m 2 brownfield site in Albany Village, North Auckland.  It includes new streets, pedestrian pathways and landscaping and aims to create a distinct place and neighbourhood that provides good amenity for residents, connects with the existing Albany Village, and protects the adjoining stream environment. In 2016, the client also acquired the adjoining 38 Library Lane for a serviced apartment / hotel accommodation.


The developed design successfully integrates planning, architecture, engineering and the landscape needs of this large proposal, drawing upon the history and ecology of the area, to inform design decisions in a part of Auckland identified for intensification.


Motu design provided urban design services, working collaboratively with the project team on the site layout and design of the initial proposal (April 2014) and subsequent stages of the development.  This included the design of the new ‘shared space’ section of laneway; integration of bush walkway and connectivity to the development inclusive of a revised landscape plan for bush interface; ongoing design review of the proposed buildings and interface with the public realm and communal spaces; urban design reporting to support Resource Consents.



Initial Resource Consent

Client: Matvin Ltd

Project Team Members included: Brown Day Architects, SFH Consultants (Planning), Shafer Design (Landscape Architecture).


Stage Two Variation, and 38 Library Lane

Client: Library Lane Development Limited

Project Team Members included: Brown Day Architects, Campbell Brown (Planning), Calyx Design (Ecologist / Landscape Architect), Traffic Design Group