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Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Acoustic performance within a warm and visually harmonious environment.

project Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Geelong
architect ARM Architecture
builder Kane Constructions
range Infinity___Premium Acoustic Solutions
product Atkar Au.diPanel AP250D/100 in Fire Rated MDF finished with Inluxe Colour finish and Au.diMount PS3 concealed fixing system.

Situation

Communal gathering spaces and a utilitarian function room in the loft of a cutting edge library development designed to engage the mind’s eye and deliver a unique experience.

Solution

An innovative state of the art development boasting an unusual dome shaped design, this landmark building is a structural wonder both inside and out.

Comprising of 5 different levels you’ll discover everything a library has to offer plus more in an exhilarating experience.

The 5th floor is perhaps the most intriguing level.  The dome shaped ceiling creates a visual perception, connecting the interior of the building with the exterior, and captures the whole sense of the building design.

Like a world within a world, this complex is the ideal location to facilitate events and meetings thanks to the sophisticated acoustic engineering that delivers clarity and speech intelligibility. Atkar worked closely with ARM Architecture, prototyping the ceiling to achieve this incredible visual and acoustic feat.

The clever execution of the illusive hypercube is derived from a number of hexagonal panels, made up of a combination of drilled panels and matte finished solid panels. Standing out like a 3D cave, the specific lighting effects enhance the experience almost portraying a futuristic feel.

Atkar prototyped the shaping of the tiles early on in the project to ensure accurate and precise craftsmanship was delivered at the usual high standard. The tiles where then prototyped a second time for colour coordinating purposes …distilling confidence in design beyond expectations!

Client Testimonial

“We have had a long standing working relationship with Atkar, spanning many significant projects. Geelong Library & Heritage Centre set a new geometric challenge for Atkar – the complexities of this project were superbly resolved. Their long spanning experience as industry leaders was tested to the metal with this project, with outstanding outcome.” 

Andrea Wilson
Senior Associate, ARM ARCHITECTURE

Contact Atkar today with your unique project requirements … email enquiries@atkar.com.au or call 03 9796 3333.

Download: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre case study

Architel.TV recently completed a special feature on the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.

The Dome’s architect, Ian McDougall (a founding director of ARM Architecture) shows us around this iconic building. Taking us through the story and challenges surrounding the construction of this seminal building.

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