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City of Perth Library and public plaza

The new City of Perth Library incorporates a graceful circular design and state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the Perth CBD. The new library building includes a multipurpose room, elevated terrace, library meeting rooms, exhibition space, provision for a café tenancy and amenities, and incorporates sustainable design features.

The site is bounded by Hay Street, and other sites including St Georges Cathedral, 565 Hay Street and the Old Treasury Building, making this an extremely constrained site. The complexity of the interfaces with these sites, made this a challenging project.

Works included the staged removal of the existing ground floor slab, the staged replacement of this slab at revised levels, a reinforced in-situ concrete transfer structure and the construction of the multi-storey library building and adjoining public plaza.

The library building comprises seven levels including the ground level and an upper level and mezzanine for plant. It is a reinforced concrete structure with a glazed facade articulated with vertical members that are clad in stone.

The City of Perth Library and public plaza  won the prestigious George Temple Poole Award, awarded to the most highly regarded building of the year, at the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 WA Architecture Awards. In addition the project won the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture and a Commendation in the Interior Architecture Category.
Furthermore, we won the following awards at the 2016  Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards, including;
  • 2016 Bankwest Best Project Finalist;
  • Best Public Use Building over $10 Million; and
  • Best Building Fitout over $10 Million.





Completion Date: Dec 2015
Location: Perth CBD, WA
Market Sector: Commercial