ABM Architects was appointed to design a new library, multipurpose rooms and refurbish existing GLAs as part of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program.
Considerable site restraints presented initial design challenges. ABM Architects identified an existing unused portion of the site suitable for renewal. Existing 2-storey site circulation permitted the new library to be placed above the multi purpose rooms (MPRs). The ground level geometry was curved to assist with site circulation. This profile contrasted with the library level above. This accentuated the library’s prominence over the courtyards below. Being elevated also raised the library’s hierarchy with adjacent building uses and is now a common destination for students during their recreational breaks.
The MPRs addressed Bay Terrace and Chestnut Street with its curved tiled wall that implemented a local ceramic mosaic artist’s mural. The upper library, with extensive use of glazing and sun shading, permits abundant indirect natural light into the library.
ABM Architects designed, documented and were the superintendent during construction of the project.