Australian based practice Lacoste+Stevenson and DJRD have been shortlisted for the new Marrickville library competition. Their entry is blending building and landscape and strongly refers to australian scenery. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The library forecourt is a space that complements and extends the undulating form of the building. The softer, curvaceous lines contrast to the formal geometry of the former hospital and other heritage buildings on the site. the forecourt is not a formally planted space but a naturalist. the forecourt and library roof are planted like a meadow or prairie with willowing tall grasses.
Marrickville library continues the concept of a “public living room” for the community. this approach responds to the changing ways that libraries operate from both a service and technological perspectives. Not only are the range of ways by which information is communicated expanding but also the type of services offered are expanding.
The experience of visiting the new Marrickville library is more than just a visit to the library. it begins with a walk across the intriguing topography of the forecourt. The library is entered over a bridge form the forecourt and is like boarding a plane or a ship; it is the start of an adventure. The 3 levels of library are apparent at once upon entering the library, up to the mezzanine and down to the lower ground floor. The entrance foyer is a series of overlapping levels that permits unexpected views into other levels. The next thing that strikes you is the quality of natural light in the building. one is never far from a window and natural light fills the shallow floor plates.
The building is targeting 6 stars green star rating.
Architects: Lacoste + Stevenson with DJRD Location: Marrickville, Australia Design Team: Thierry Lacoste, David Stevenson, Robin Dyke, Daniel Beekwilder, Angela Rowson, Max Zheng Structure, Esd, Acoustic: Arup Sydney Landscape: JMD Design Heritage: Urbis Photographs: Courtesy of lacoste + stevenson with DJRD