Green Square Library design competition

Plans for our newest community centre are taking shape, with our design competition for the Green Square Library and Plaza attracting entries from across Australia and around the world.

One of the Green Square Library design competition enrties

At the start of October an expert panel of judges will tour the Green Square site and begin examining and shortlisting 168 competition entries. The six members of our judging panel are:

  • John Denton - the jury Chair, Victorian Government architect, RAIA gold medallist and designer of the Stonehenge Visitors Centre and the exhibition gallery at the Australian War Museum
  • Glenn Murcutt AO - Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) gold medallist and Pritzker Prize winner
  • George Hargreaves - Leading American landscape architect, who designed the landscape master plan for the Sydney Olympics
  • Rachel Neeson - multi award-winning architect;
  • Sharan Harvey - leading librarian and Brisbane City Council Library Services Manager; and
  • Stuart McCreery - engineering and public building adviser.

Entries from 30 countries included 117 designs from Australian architects vying to stamp their excellence on the $8 billion Green Square development.

The City is committed to excellence in design and we asked entrants to create something that would be beautiful, functional and sustainable. I hope that the winning design will attract the same kind of recognition that our Surry Hills Library and Community Centre has achieved since it opened in 2009.

The designs range from the unconventional to more traditional, with buildings in round, square, rectangular or unusual shapes, with spirals, curves and bright colours. There are indoor and outdoor gardens and an assortment of different roofs and features.

The City has allocated $25 million for the library works, and a further $15 million for the public domain and plaza.

The library and community centre will be part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the Green Square development, a new village hub on the City's southern fringe which is expected to accommodate 40,000 residents and 22,000 workers.

A copy of all 168 entries can be seen at the Tote Building in Green Square, or online here - sydneyyoursay.com.au/green-square-town-centre

The short-listed entries will go on display for further public comment, and the jury will select the winning design in 2013.

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