Popular Library Stands Out For Distinctive Design

The City’s uniquely circular shaped Boronggook Drysdale Library has been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards.

The $9.15 million public library, designed by Antarctica in collaboration with Architecture Associates, has been selected from 228 submissions for both the Regional Prize and the Public Architecture award.

The building is the first of its kind in Greater Geelong, with its innovative circular design, planted roofscape and amphitheatre. Birds, bees and butterflies have found habitat on the rooftop among the 4,300 plants, including 18 different native species.

The popular two-storey library on Wyndham Street was once a gathering place for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and this history, as well as the town centre’s masonry past, are referenced in the design.

It features communal spaces, quiet study areas, an internal courtyard garden, an adult changing places facility, a City of Greater Geelong customer service area and resource-efficient systems.

The building’s design evolved through conversations and extensive engagement with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, local residents, key community stakeholders and the broader community.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

I’m excited that the prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards has recognised the Boronggook Drysdale Library.

The distinctive design of Boronggook Drysdale Library takes into account the local Wadawurrung history of the area, Council’s sustainability goals and the needs of the growing community.

It not only demonstrates why Geelong is a UNESCO City of Design but encapsulates the community’s aspirations for Greater Geelong to be known as clever and creative.

The sustainable building is a welcoming, supportive and safe space for all and has been embraced by the community since its opening a year ago.

We thank Antarctica and Architecture Associates for their innovative mindset that helped to create a thriving gathering space and living habitat.

Libraries inspire the community through books and learning materials, not to mention through the thoughtful design of spaces.

Winners will be announced on Friday 7 June at the 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards Night.

The library was jointly funded by Council ($8.156 million) and the Victorian Government ($1 million).

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