Registration opened this week for local and international architects to enter the City of Sydney design competition for the Green Square Library and Plaza.
 
According to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, City of Sydney projects are world renowned for design excellence, innovation and environmental sustainability. Some of the sustainable building projects include the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre designed by world renowned architect Harry Seidler and the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, which won the Best New Global Design at last year’s International Architecture Awards in Chicago as well as many Australian awards for design, construction and sustainability.
 
Describing the key requirements, he said that the City would like to create a place, which forms an important part of the local community, with the design paying careful attention to safety, seating, climate and circulation. Designs must address the City’s desire to integrate the library and plaza into a functional, flowing space and represent value for money. Other criteria include promoting the site’s heritage value, providing optimum accessibility and installing public art.
 
The City has set aside $25 million for the 3000m² library, which will house a customer service centre, community meeting rooms, commercial kitchen and an arts and crafts space. An additional $15 million has been earmarked for the public domain and plaza.
 
The library will be one of many new community facilities delivered to this growing area, including a new health and aquatic centre, parks, a community hub and affordable housing.
 
To be located around Green Square Railway Station, the proposed library and community centre will be part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the $8 billion development, a new village hub in the City’s south that is expected to accommodate about 40,000 residents and 22,000 workers by 2031.
 
The design competition will be held in two stages and follow the Australian Institute of Architects Guidelines for Architectural Competitions. The closing date for Stage One of the competition will be 21 August 2012, giving entrants four weeks to prepare and submit their preliminary concepts.
 
A panel of designers, architects and cultural experts will shortlist the entries, giving the selected architects six weeks to prepare detailed submissions. A cost planner will assess all shortlisted entries.
 
All Stage One and Two entries will be placed on public display, with comments invited from the community and interest groups and put to the ‘jury’ for consideration. The City will announce the winning design early next year, and expects a development application for the library and plaza to be lodged by mid-next year, with completion of the project by early 2016.
 
Architects may enter the competition at greensquarelibrary.com.au, where they will be able to access the competition rules and Library Design Objectives.
 
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