Concept revealed for three-storey library and hub

November 20, 2021 BY

Buchan lead architect Aleksander Borek, City of Greater Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher, GRLC CEO Vanessa Schernickau and Buchan's Adrian Vocale unveil concept designs for Armstrong Creek's library and community hub.

THE City of Greater Geelong has unveiled an ultra-modern, three-level concept design for Armstrong Creek’s $18.48-million library and community hub, reflecting the city’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design.

The Armstrong Creek Town Centre Library and Community Hub is the result of a collaboration between architect firm Buchan, the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the community.

The environmentally sensitive and technology-rich library and community hub within the town centre, close to schools, open space and proposed cultural and sporting facilities, is set to be completed by early 2024.

Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said concept design reflected the community’s vision of a state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive, technologically enabled, library and community space, that catered to the diverse needs of the growing local community while celebrating Wadawurrung culture.

The 2,500-square-metre library will feature a collection of 40,000 books and resources, flexible and easily accessible spaces for children’s learning, youth programs and dedicated multi-purpose meeting spaces on level one, with creative spaces and bookable co-working amenities on level two.

The ground floor will serve as the civic interface with direct access to the external terraces and the town centre.

Buchan worked with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the council in developing a ‘Living Water’ design that respected and embraced the area’s Wadawurrung cultural heritage.

Buchan lead architect Aleksander Borek said the circular windows around the building’s perimeter represented solidarity and a united local community, while creating a “natural and fluid envelope for the internal spaces”.

Geelong Regional Library Corporation chief executive officer Vanessa Schernickau said local people had shared their ideas for modern, accessible library that would be inspirational in design.

Ms Schernickau said the concept design was also for a building that is sensitive to the environment, reflecting and celebrating Wadawurrung culture.

“The library will include a dedicated children’s area, creative and co-working spaces, meeting rooms and indoor/outdoor areas – all features that will undoubtedly make this a much-loved and practical gathering and working space, providing a true ‘heart’ for the community.

“I hope the people of Armstrong Creek will take the opportunity to have a look at the design concepts for their new library and share their thoughts; your feedback is valuable.”

The proposed design caters for a five-star Green Star rating and incorporates best practice environmental design principles, use of sustainable, environmentally friendly and robust materials and energy efficient low maintenance fixtures.

Community members are encouraged to view the concept plan, video flythrough and share their feedback at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/ACLCH before December 3.

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