Green Square Library & Plaza
The Green Square Library and Plaza will set a new benchmark for integrated inner-city public buildings, with the project forming an integral part of the City of Sydney’s vision for the $13bn Green Square urban renewal precinct.
Situated in the heart of the Green Square Town Centre, the innovative design comprises a new civic plaza of 8,100m2 that will sit atop a mostly underground library of 2,500m2, providing local residents, businesses and visitors with a place to connect, learn, relax and play.
The plaza will feature a glazed entry pavilion, along with a striking seven-storey glass tower housing community rooms, reading rooms, an acoustically designed music room and a technology suite.
Acting as the main access to the library, the glazed pavilion will incorporate a café. The project also includes an amphitheatre, a story-telling garden, water play zone, open spaces for events and festivals, as well as a number of unique, permanent artworks.
A focus on sustainable design and construction is a feature of the development, with the project targeting a 5 Star Green Star Rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s ‘Public Buildings’ tool.
Features include entry to the library via a green walled open-air amphitheatre and underground library spaces with ample natural light and fresh air via 40 circular skylights that are recessed in the plaza pavement. The tower features an ultra-clear, multi-layered glass façade with integrated, automatically controlled blinds to ensure high levels of optical, thermal and acoustic performance. Additional environmental initiatives include appropriate site remediation and use of recycled materials.
The library and plaza will be connected to Green Square Water, a private local sustainable water utility. The system captures, purifies and reuses stormwater passing through the Green Square precinct for non-potable uses including toilet flushing, irrigation and cooling towers.