Waurn Ponds Community hub

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Melbourne

This golden punctuated shell is the glistening new library and community hub at Waurn Ponds on the outskirts of Geelong.

The name of Waurn Ponds historically derived its name from a series of interlinked, cascading ponds. Geographically, it is also home to the quite small Waurn Ponds Creek, which starts around the Mount Moriac region and eventually flows into the Barwon River near Belmont Common.

The Group
Client: City of Greater Geelong
Studios: Melbourne, Australia
Key Facts:
  • 1,000SQM
The Team:

We generated a steel laser-cut solar skin pierced with holes in a range of sizes to wrap the building supplying the necessary solar protection and a strong statement for the new library. Entrance stairways have been replaced by timber boardwalk ramps and the repeated circular motif ensures a memorable image for the facility’s visitors whilst retaining a sense of respect for the surrounding architecture and community amenities.

The clean lines and simple silhouette act in direct opposition to the swirling footprint of the established leisurelink centre and promote integration for all users regardless of age, gender, or background.

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Lisa-Maree Carrigan Director

Lisa-Maree is Director of Architecture & Urban Design globally at GroupGSA. She leads engagement of teams and clients through design collaboration and strategic direction

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