在过去的5年里，图书馆的类型发生了巨大的变化。我们与图书馆的领导小组紧密合作，创造了一个支持从 “收集 “到 “连接 “的概念转变的内部空间。这个项目从根本上涉及到对现有的外壳进行改造，为本迪戈的拉筹伯大学社区创建一个新的图书馆。
The library typology has changed tremendously over the past 5 years. We worked closely with the leadership group of the library to create an interior that supported a conceptual shift from ‘collection’ to ‘connection.’ This project fundamentally involved the reworking of an existing shell to create a new library for the community of La Trobe University, Bendigo.
该项目横跨三层，范围包括一个入口画廊、咨询室、ASK La Trobe信息舱、研究生休息室、会议室和具有开创意义的 “Sandhurst “藏书的综合展示（主要藏书在建筑的其他地方。客户热衷于挑战传统图书馆的概念。我们接受了一种新的类型的可能性，重点是促进社区的 “连接”，而不仅仅是图书 “收集 “的空间。
Spread across three levels, the scope included an entry gallery, consultation rooms, ASK La Trobe information pods, postgraduate lounge, board room and integrated display of the seminal ‘Sandhurst’ book collection (the main book collection is elsewhere in the building. The client was keen to challenge the concept of a traditional library. We embraced the possibility of a new typology with a focus on facilitating community ‘connection’, rather than just spaces for book ‘collection.’
Working within an existing shell is always highly challenging. The project budget was extremely constrained for a fitout of this nature and scale, and a clear hierarchy of investment needed to be established in order to deliver the functional aspects of the project without detracting from the overall concept. Rather than seeing this as a problem, we chose to see this as an opportunity to leave parts of the interior undefined and full of possibility, suggestive of a future imbued with optimism.
Our aesthetic approach was to leave key elements such as the existing ceiling infrastructure and vermiculite coated steel structure untouched and unadorned. The new architectural interventions were treated as installations clearly distinguishable from the shell, with autonomous objects separated from the ceiling and floating from the floor. Cascading pods adorn the grand stair from the main entry, formed by semitransparent, glass structures that house the secured book collection. Their blurred spines contribute the only colours of the space, reimagining them as artefacts surrounding the central stair that links the levels. Arrangements of clear, mirrored, and reeded glass create a kaleidoscope of reflection and transparency throughout all levels, blurring the figures of occupants as they make their way up through the interior. It felt fitting to us that a newly defined library space might literally be a reflection of itself.
Architects: Kosloff Architecture
Area: 3150 m²
Photographs: Derek Swalwell
Client:La Trobe University