Victorian AIA Award Winner North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub

Published on 03/07/2018  Group GSA

GroupGSA is pleased to announce that our North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub has won the AIA Victorian Public Architecture Award and received a commendation for the Sustainability Award. Congratulations to all involved on the project. 

The North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub is a three story, 2,040 sqm facility incorporating a Library, Maternal Child Health Facility and a variety of Community focused facilities including a new home for the City of Yarra’s International House. Based on a neighbourhood house for seniors, the International House has become a cross-generational meeting place for people of different cultures and ethnicities.

The facility is designed with a strong focus on the user experience and flexibility of future use. This approach is achieved by a conscious distillation of cellular supporting spaces to the south and open flexible spaces to the north.

The Library is distributed over two levels, occupying the majority of the building’s wedge-shaped floor plate. The first floor houses the Maternal and Child Health facilities, including two playgroup rooms and Library. The second floor is focused on community facilities with large divisible spaces, commercial kitchen and shared community office. An extensive rooftop garden connects the northern portion of the second and first floors by cascading planters and informal seating. This rooftop garden is an extension of both community and library spaces, providing a protected external garden space for interaction and study.

“From day one, the level of interaction and activity between the generations has been thriving. All have been happy to be ‘side by side’, engaging in personal and community activity."
Andrew Griffin - City of Yarra

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