Deakin University - New Generation Library
Description: The refurbishment of the existing Library over three levels at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus showcases a new direction for contemporary learning. Originally constructed in 1973, the dated and tired building required an upgrade to reflect the learning patterns and requirements of today’s students.
The new building reflects the integration of modern learning experiences breaking away from the traditional library model. These include a cafe, quiet and collaborative study spaces combined with a reduced book collection allowing for increased emphasis on electronic technologies. The clever use of raw and recycled materials combined the atypical design features such as neon lighting, contrasting dark and light spaces, coloured glass and a book feature wall. The book feature wall was undoubtedly the most unique aspect of the project. The book wall screened the internal staircase linking the second and third floors. Made from thirty thousand (30,000) disused books recycled from the library’s own collection. Construction required books to be sawn in half and painstakingly glued together one by one; the whole process taking two months to complete.
Other works to the building included a complete strip out and refit. New data/comms, power, AV, lighting, toilets, floor coverings, an extension and glazed faced.
Lyons Construction had to complete this project under difficult circumstances which often provided limitations to the speed of the project. As the library had to remain operational during construction there were times during the day when noise had to be kept to a bare minimum and dust suppression was crucial. This required intense liaison with the client and user groups to ensure the facility remained operational without major disturbance.
Location: Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds
Value Range: $5m to $10million
Client: Deakin University
Architect: Six Degrees