The Library At The Dock | The Library Evolution
The Library At The Dock is a public library designed based on a new concept: not only a place to read books but also a place for community activities for everyone. Therefore, the arrangement of the space to facilitate the above activities is a top priority. At the same time, the project also needs to adapt to changes such as the number of books increases or decreases, the shape, and size of the book will change, the new “reading” tool, the needs of users are not fixed… so the possibility of a flexible transformation must also be anticipated.
This is a construction technique using CLT planks and Glulam wood beams. The use of CLT and Glulam components makes the building structure 30% lighter than traditional building structures. The exterior of the house is clad in wood, creating a connection between the new building and the old port is also wooden (due to modern construction techniques, people still retain the 75-year-old pier in front of the building, only 8m away. ). Another noteworthy thing is that 30% of the energy that the building uses is provided from the solar panels on the building’s roof. The rainwater collected on the roof flows out to a 55,000-liter tank located in the next park and then is used again for the building. All of the above technical factors have contributed to this project achieving 5 stars for the “green” building according to the assessment of the Green Building Council of Australia. The Library At The Dock is currently considered one of the greenest public buildings in Australia.
Scale: 55 x 18m – 3 floors
Design: Clare Design Company and Hayball Company
Completion: end of 2013
Characteristics: 574m3 of quality wood; 140m3 Glulam wood beam with beam length up to 10.2m