|Sydney designers Felicity Stewart and Matt Hollenstein, in association with Stewart Architecture, won the City of Sydney’s international design competition for the Green Square library and plaza.
Stewart and Hollenstein’s bold plan located much of the library below ground. One of the judges of the design competition was Australian architect Glenn Murcutt – a winner of world architecture’s highest award, the Pritzker Prize – who hailed the design as “brilliant”.
Detailed designs have now been submitted as part of the Development Application for the project. They show the library integrated with the ground level plaza, providing an “urban living room” for the fast-growing Green Square community.
Features of the library’s design include a sunken garden that bathes the library in natural light while providing a place for children to play, an amphitheatre with timber seating for up to 160 people to attend outdoor events, and a library entrance located in a dramatic glass structure that soars 15 metres.
The library’s slender, seven-story tower is one of the few structures in the plaza and will contain an acoustically-designed music room, a community function room for workshops and meetings, two levels of reading rooms and a technology suite with facilities for sound and video editing
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was delighted the development application had been lodged and residents could now see more detailed plans for the library and plaza.
“I was thrilled when two young Sydney architects won our international design competition last year with their innovative concepts that so delighted our judges,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This important project is quickly taking shape and I’m delighted to see how these plans have been refined and improved.
“Green Square is our fastest growing village and this library and plaza will provide wonderful facilities where the community can work and relax, play and listen to music, edit videos and read books in a café that’s included in these plans.”
The library and plaza are estimated to cost $47 million, part of the $440 million the City is investing in new infrastructure and facilities at Green Square. Preliminary work on the project is due to begin early next year.
The library and plaza will be part of the new Green Square Town Centre to be built over 14 hectares of land adjacent to Green Square railway station, four kilometres south of the city centre.
The new town centre is part of the 278 hectare Green Square urban redevelopment area, where around $8 billion is being spent on apartments and community facilities for the 53,000 people who are expected to live in the area