Green Square Library + Plaza



Alexandria, Sydney NSW


City of Sydney


Public Architecture, Interiors + Urban Design





Studio Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture
HASSELL (Landscape)
ARUP (Engineering)
Collider (Wayfinding)


Tom Roe
Julien Lanoo


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. 

This high profile project was the winning scheme in an international design competition organised by City of Sydney Council. A jury of leading Australian and international architects including pritzker prize winning architect Glenn Murcutt, made the unanimous decision based on the designs innovative urban and architectural response to the brief.

2020 Best Public Building, Property Council Of Australia, Innovation & Excellence Awards
2019 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture, National Architecture Awards
2019 National Award for Urban Design, National Architecture Awards
2018 International Library Award, Architecture Review (UK) 2019 ‘Learning Space’ Award, INDE Awards
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