8 Waltham St
The existing architectural feature of the building, porthole windows, were used as the inspiration for the architect and the makerspace features a large porthole window.
The existing Library building opened in 1985, and enjoys an excellent location surrounded by cafes and close to the station. It has the second highest visitation rate of Bayside branches, but at 525sqm, the floor space is too small, with constant pressure on study, reading and children’s areas. The library sits within the same building footprint as the Historical Society and senior’s Centre, also owned by Council. The building also lacked essentials including adequate power outlets. This project saw the library expand into the full space to double its size, adding an auditorium, meeting rooms, and a fresh, modern look.
Sandringham Library, the winner of Australia’s Favourite Library in 2014, has an average of 700 people through the door and is open 7 days per week. The collection is roughly 40,000 items.
Architect’s Project Overview
Bayside City Council
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Carpet & Flooring Finishings
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