Posted on Aug 10, 2016 by Webber Architects
Associate Director, Andrew Barnard, has had the pleasure of attending the official opening of Wollondilly Library, which, along with the public domain and adjacent lane way, has recently undergone a renovation designed by Webber Architects.
The pre-existing facilities have been upgraded whilst much of the building’s structural system and footprint have been retained. A small extension has been made to the front and rear of the building to supplement the space and improve the functionality of the library. Internally, the refurbishment is designed to better utilise the space within the building and bring the library in line with current space requirements. The renovation has addressed fire egress compliance, air conditioning and incorporates public art. Further development of library services has been allowed for. Lighting, seating, shade structures, paving, and landscaping has been added to the outdoor spaces.
The library and public domain are located within the Picton Heritage Conservation Area, however the library building itself was not heritage-listed. The building is set in a small low density area of predominantly single storey buildings. The library forms part of the larger civic cluster of buildings which are predominantly two storeys. The development is respectful of the heritage of the area through minimalist intervention and design, involving only small scale modifications to the building, and landscaping in keeping with the scale of the original building.
Although modest, this development will have a large positive impact on the physical and social aspects of the local community.