NORTH FITZROY LIBRARY + COMMUNITY HUB
NORTH FITZROY, VIC
The North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub is a three storey, 2,040 sqm, 6 Star Greenstar 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.
Designed with a strong focus on the user experience and flexibility, the floor plate displays 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 is divided between Maternal Child Health facilities, including two playgroup rooms and the Library reading area. Second floor features community facilities with large dividable spaces, commercial kitchen and shared community office. An extensive rooftop garden connects the northern portion of second and first floors via a cascading design of planters and informal seating. This Rooftop garden serves as an extension of both community and library spaces by providing a protected external garden space for interaction and study.