Unique Boronggook Drysdale Library Celebrated

The Australian Institute of Architects2024 Victorian Architecture Awards have recognised the Boronggook Drysdale Library for its distinctive design.

The building, the first of its kind for Greater Geelong, was one of five winners to receive a Public Architecture award on Friday night. The project was also a finalist for the Regional Prize.

Since 1929, the Victorian Architecture Awards recognise best practice in the field and encourage the use of architecture to positively shape communities.

Designed by Antarctica in collaboration with Architecture Associates, the $9.15 million public library features a circular design, community activity spaces, an adult changing places facility and a City of Greater Geelong Customer Service contact point.

The innovative green rooftop features 4,300 plants, including 18 different native species, which continue to attract birds, butterflies and bees.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

Recognition from the prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards comes a year after the two-storey building on Wyndham Street officially opened to the public.

The Boronggook Drysdale Library is a building for the community and tells the story of our community,” Mayor Sullivan said.

The building’s design reinterprets the rich Aboriginal and masonry history of Drysdale’s town centre and is named ‘Boronggook’ after the traditional Wadawurrung name for the area.

Congratulations to Antarctica and Architecture Associates for developing a design with the City, local residents, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and key community stakeholders that now offers a special gathering place for the community.

Councillor Jim Mason

The unique and inclusive design of Boronggook Drysdale Library has created a welcoming and safe atmosphere.

Boronggook Drysdale Library is a popular library in our municipality, with thousands of community members coming through the doors over the first year of operation.

There is a real sense of community here and a culture of learning and innovation.

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

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