Shellharbour City Library Wins National Design Award

Shellharbour City Library in New South Wales has been honoured with the prestigious award for best Public Library design by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane.

Banner image courtesy of Sandor Duzs


WSP has played a key role in the design of the new library part of the greater civic centre development – which opened its doors in January 2018 – delivering acoustics, ESD, facades as well as hydraulics services.


The award celebrates the excellence in professional practice and research within the field of library and information management as well as recognising pioneering, innovative and imaginative approaches to creating library spaces that meet the changing needs of library communities in the country.


Located in the cultural heart of the Illawara region, Shellharbour City Library beats strong for the community with its flexible design and layouts connecting its people of all ages.


This win builds on a previous accolade for the library which has also been previously received a Green Star credit for room acoustics.


Tom Krikke, Associate and  NSW Acoustic Engineering Manager for WSP, says “The library is a great benefit to the local community and this award recognises the collaboration between ADCO (the builder) and the designers DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson and WSP’s Acoustic, SD, Façade and Hydraulics teams.”


ALIA judges lauded the library for its “long, elegant and sophisticated façade with a design that adheres to a thoroughly confident and well researched library strategy”. Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO said, “The 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards show, once again, that modern library buildings in Australia are world class. We are fortunate in this country to have forward-thinking library leaders, imaginative architects, and councils. This results in irresistible buildings that tempt people inside to discover the wonders of library collections, creative spaces, and the programs and services that help make a positive difference to people’s lives and study.”


Image courtesy of Sandor Duzs


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