Green Square Library and Plaza
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An innovative below ground vision has been chosen by the City of Sydney as the winner of the international design competition for the new Green Square Library and plaza.
A jury of leading Australian and international architects unanimously chose the entry from Stewart Hollenstein with Colin Stewart Architects as the winner praising it as “by far the most interesting and stimulating” of more than 160 received.
Jury member Glenn Murcutt, a winner of architecture’s highest award, the Pritzker Prize, hailed the winning design as “brilliant” and “a superb solution”.
“You have got dynamite, it’s fantastic…it has the potential to be one of the most exciting places to be in Sydney,” he said.
The community will continue to be involved in the development of the design for the Green Square Library & Plaza.read more
by Project Coordinator 26 Feb 2013, 1:00pm
Australian architects have reaffirmed their world class credentials with four of the five short-listed designs in the Green Square Library and Plaza design competition being home grown.
The top five designs hail from architects in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle, joining a firm from England’s West Midlands. They were drawn from the 168 entries that poured in from 29 countries and from around the nation.
The five finalists and their designs are (they can be viewed in the online library):
Sydney: Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart (entry #124) This design sees the space as an ‘urban living room’ with activities distributed across a field of inside and outside spaces, e.g. storytelling in the garden, rolling hills and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing
Adelaide: JPE Design Studio (entry #171) Community gathering points in a plaza with terraced water features are an outdoor focal point, while the library interior features a dynamic and engaging community area and stimulating spaces;
Melbourne: John Wardle Architects (entry #172) Gentle arc-shaped design with amphitheatre, treetop reading spaces, an outdoor room with a stream, bio retention elements and indigenous trees, plus library building with an atrium, mezzanine and double height spaces;
England: Flannery & de la Pole (entry #195) Proposed library has high thermal mass and natural ventilation in which public facilities are concentrated on a tall and transparent entrance level. Outside areas include long performance porch, a canopied community space and children’s soft play surface; and
Fremantle: Felix Laboratories (entry #197) Rolling landforms planted with local vegetation form a Sydney landscape of architectural forms which include the library building, a playground, reading room, game space learning surface, as well as water sculptures and a stream running through the site.
by Engagement Coordinator 19 Oct 2012, 3:41pm
The City of Sydney has invited local and international architects to take part in the design of a new library building and plaza for the Green Square Town Centre development.
The library and community centre, to be located around Green Square Railway Station, will be part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the $8 billion development, - a new village hub in the City's south that is expected to accommodate about 40,000 residents by 2031 and 22,000 workers.
The City has set aside $25 million for the 3000-square-metre library, which will house a customer service centre, community meeting rooms, commercial kitchen and an arts and crafts space, and a further $15 million for public space and the plaza.read more
by Project Coordinator 14 Sep 2012, 10:29am