The Bendigo Library by MGS Architects is a success story for how bold, bright colours can spice up a project in a complementary but unexpected way.

Contributing to the climax of this design narrative is the use of Laminex joinery – a seemingly benign material that is actually a highly important element when used in a library to ‘retail’ the books on offer.

Laminex’s Neon, Sublime Teak and Charcoal were utilised by the design team to reinvigorate an old library, in particular the building’s ‘partially completed’ hexagonal atrium, which has since been transformed into the new community heart.

Sitting comfortably with the existing muted whites and greys, the colours challenge the traditional notion of a silent and ‘boring’ library, activating what can previously be considered an inactivate space.