Location: Green Square, Sydney, Australia
Type: Library and Plaza
Size: Library 3,000 sqm, Plaza 8,000 sqm
Client: City of Sydney
Collaborators: Stewart Architecture, Hassell, ARUP
Status: In Progress
Awards: Winner, Competition 2013
Green Square Library and Plaza redefines the traditional idea of a library, fusing a range of innovative buildings with the outdoor plaza to create multiple sites for reading, play, study and rest. The design includes a glazed entry pavilion, a huge underground open plan community room lit with with skylights, a storytelling garden, a tower with views over the plaza and a green walled amphitheatre. The plaza is framed by a scattered ring of trees and includes a lawn for reading and pop up events, a water play zone with mist jets and a mix of fixed and movable plaza furniture. This significant public project will form the community heart of Green Square, Australia’s largest urban renewal project, which will become home to some 48,000 new residents.