Green square library + plaza

  • Type
  • Public Library and Civic Plaza
  • Client
  • City of Sydney
  • Location
  • Green Square, Sydney NSW
  • Project Details
  • This significant public project forms the community heart of Green Square, Australia’s largest urban renewal project. The project redefines the traditional idea of the library, merging the building with the public plaza to create a range of indoor and outdoor spaces for learning and gathering. The library sits largely below ground with glazed geometric elements popping up into the plaza space. The library includes a generous open plan community room, a green walled amphitheatre, a storytelling garden, and a music room and lofty reading room inside a 6 storey glazed tower. The landscape includes a water feature, gathering lawn, outdoor power points and open space for festivals and events. The design is inviting and intentionally playful and encouraging spontaneous visits from passers-by.

    The project was the winning scheme in an international design competition organised by the City of Sydney. A jury of leading Australian and international architects made the unanimous decision based on the design’s innovative urban and architectural response. The library and plaza opened in September 2018 with 500 new memberships in the first week alone.

    "The Jury felt that while another design might have been a great library for today, the winning design represented a great library for the future. The Jury also believes that this scheme will be a very positive asset for the entire Green Square community and an exciting new project for the City of Sydney, further enhancing its reputation as a world leader." — John Denton, Jury Chair

    Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture
    Collaborators Hassell, Arup, John Holland Group
    Photography by Tom Roe

    Architecture Review (UK) International Library Award 2018
    INDE Awards 'Learning Space' Award 2019
    NSW Premier's Prize, AIA NSW 2019
    John Verge Award for Interior Architecture, AIA NSW 2019
    Urban Design Award, AIA NSW 2019
    Public Architecture Award, AIA NSW 2019
    Chicago Athenaeum International Design Award 2019
    NSW 'Civic Landscape' Award, AILA NSW 2019
    Finalist Architizer Awards 2019
    Finalist World Architecture Festival