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Architecture: Broadbeach Library

June 7, 2010

Fulton Trotter’s extension to the Broadbeach Library provides a new focus for the community, with a design inspired by the surrounding landscape and architecture.

An extension to Broadbeach Library, this project commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council increases the size of the existing facility threefold. The new extension was built over the existing library, allowing it to remain operational for as long as possible during construction. The extension provided an opportunity to enhance the amenity of the precinct and its relationship with the existing community building, providing a new café, pedestrian link to a neighbouring shopping centre, and an open forecourt.

The form and details for the extension were inspired by the casuarina shrubs and inland sand hills of the landscape, as well as the colourful 1960s beach-side architecture. The colourful end walls give the building a striking presence, while inside skylights reduce the library’s dependence on artificial lighting. A neutral internal colour scheme and natural material palette give the interior a sense of calm ambience. Building services, including air conditioning and lighting, are designed to minimise running costs.

The project was a winner at the 2009 GCC Urban Design Awards.

*Team* Architects: Andrew Armstrong, Greg Dart, Cath Elliot, Michael Robertson, Roger Walker; Designer: Elisha Cason

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