Incorporating a new building into a community, business district, and sustainable tapestry
The first major civic building to be built since the Perth Concert Hall nearly 40 years ago, the City of Perth library showcases a range of features over its five levels. There’s an exhibition space, AV/multifunction rooms, a green wall, virtual resources, special book collections, and an impressive master staircase. Library goers can enjoy story telling zones, make use of digital resources, and create a true sense of place with plenty of community interaction or quiet and reflective spaces.
We provided mechanical and building engineering services including sustainability and building performance considerations. The systems within the new building include underfloor air distribution through the main library collection levels, reducing floor to floor heights and reducing capital cost. This solution improved air distribution and formed part of the greater sustainability initiatives for the building.
Other considerations included the careful and detailed integration with other projects on the same site such as an existing multilevel basement carpark that sits directly beneath the new City of Perth Library.
The City of Perth Library will create a true sense of place with a visitor’s choice of community interaction or quiet and reflective spaces—an excellent addition to this major historical precinct in the Perth central business district.
At a Glance
- Kerry Hill Architects
- 2016 WA Architecture Awards - The George Temple Poole Award
- 2016 WA Architecture Awards - The Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture
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