Sunbury Global Learning Centre repurposes the former library site into a vibrant multi-purpose community hub where people can read, learn, create, and collaborate with the support of modern digital equipment and resources.
The client, Hume City Council requested a distinctive, value for money facility that would cater to a range of demographic groups and activities. Covering a gross floor area of 4,000 m2 the new 3-level building creates three distinctive activity areas; the Business and Learning Hub, the Library, which includes a separate children zone and the Service Hub, which incorporates community art spaces and passive recreation spaces.
Extensive community consultation was undertaken by the client to inform the project vision. A key feature of the design response was to enable natural light to pour into each level. This includes a central atrium that overlooks main gathering point of the Library. Maintaining efficiency of materials and engineering bespoke connections were a key challenge in the structural design.
Another feature of the interior was to incorporate exposed timber beams into the design response. The timber aesthetic is extended to the slender columns which have been clad with timber to enrich and add warmth to the space.
The necessity to carefully curate each floorplate with a multitude of diverse spaces resulted in a multi-level structure with various load requirements, all of which had to be carefully coordinated. Exposed beams and slender columns clad with timber to enrich the interior and add warmth to the overall aesthetic.
The external community space is comprised of a tiered outdoor learning area/Amphitheatre seamlessly integrating into an inviting, green open garden. A new car park and draining infrastructure services the building and integrates into the greater building complex. The presence of an existing buried fuel tank beneath the site coupled with the integration between multiple levels and existing buildings and infrastructure required close attention to detail and coordination between disciplines.
The centre has been readily adopted by the community, becoming a vital piece of social infrastructure that provides locals with modern digitally-enabled spaces for private study, social interaction, library services, training workshops, exhibitions, and conferences.