The Mt Sion Library demonstrates a bright and friendly response to the site surroundings by utilising vibrant colours throughout the building. As part of the Nudgee Junior College master plan, Mt Sion is an addition to the existing focal point of the college campus the original, modernist brick building, constructed in 1939 based on a design by Charlie Fulton. The new library provides vital connections along the ridgeline by enhancing the sites relationship and new exciting learning and play spaces.
Mt Sion Library was conceived as two solid brick boxes, containing supporting rooms, with the library as a transparent volume connecting to the brick boxes, with a curved glass facade. The transparency of the library connects the classrooms through to the river. Formal and textural qualities have been abstracted from the Original Building connecting the brick bays with the curved volume. The butterfly roofs sailing over the faceted glass walls creates a dynamic mixture of steel and timber battening which is grounded by the rich brick boxes on either side. Rich red brick with a lustrous blue/grey brick banding is used for the two main wings of the new building.
The library has responded to the client’s brief, coming from quite traditional school values and spatial planning. The new building responded to these traditional needs whilst maintaining flexibility within the library and connections to play spaces on each side. The consultant team worked closely to create a cost effective and efficient solution whilst achieving a quite complex structural solution, as well as a number of sustainable design principles humbly incorporated throughout the project (rainwater tanks, bio-retention, solar hot water, low e-glass and a building management system).
A high quality outcome has been produced within the budget constraints, with a high level of finish and large extent of works achieved. Mt Sion pays respect to the original forms and materials of the existing building while providing a measured contrast of a modern, open and light-hearted expression. The forms, material and colours used intend to reiterate the original from Charles Fulton’s modernist brick building, while providing a modern playful twist.
- 2011 Queensland Master Builders Award: Best Health or Educational Facility up to $4M
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