Williamstown Library receives Commendation for Urban Design at 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards
Williamstown Library named as one of the '1001 Libraries to See Before You Die' by the International Federation of Library Associations
The architecture of the new Williamstown Library is inspired by the juxtaposition of fluid water and boats against the rigidity and permanence of sea walls and buildings along the Williamstown foreshore.
This project was undertaken in association with Sally Draper Architects and is an elegant, functional building respectful of the existing historical town hall.
A translucent polycarbonate wall supported on slender composite steel and timber ‘ribs’ curves around a double height main reading room allowing natural light to permeate deep into the space. This ephemeral element is counter posed by a linear bluestone spine which anchors the building and protects the soft reading room from the noise and chaos of an adjacent retail car park.
Sustainable design principles such as a large rainwater storage tank, sub-floor ventilation labyrinth, high level roof ventilators and automated windows are incorporated into the architecture to maximise natural ventilation, passive solar performance and minimise energy and water consumption.
The new library adds vibrancy to this historical precinct by acting as an urban bridge between the town hall and the adjacent retail precinct via a series of large public decks, multiple access points, and a glazed link to the town hall.
Photography by Trevor Mein