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Quiet, hushed whispers, padded footsteps and ‘please be quiet’ signage – these are the usual suspects of a library space. But the brief received by ARM Architecture for the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre was something slightly different.
“The librarians’ brief was for a contemporary people environment. That means moving away from the traditional model of a library as a quiet and meditative study environment to one that celebrates community interactions and exchange,” says Andrea Wilson, Principal at ARM Architecture.
The multi award-winning building references and pays homage to some of the great domed reading rooms throughout history – the State Library of Victoria being one that comes to mind – yet it reimagines what a library of the 21st century could be.