A SMALL NEIGHBOURHOOD LIBRARY
SERVING A HUGE COMMUNITY PURPOSE
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
This project rescued a neglected community hall and transformed it into a hard-working, versatile public library that is genuinely loved by and connected to its local community.
After the neighbourhood library in the small Queensland town of Laidley was flooded in 2011, Fulton Trotter Architects were invited by Lockyer Valley Regional Council to re-design the space. In 2012 after the building flooded again, a decision was made to relocate the library to higher ground by re-purposing some unused council owned offices. In 2014 we were approached to adapt this space and then supported the Council through 3 years of committed fund raising to bring the project to life.
A number of significant challenges were uncovered whilst consolidating the needs and expectations of the Laidley community through user group workshops. The library needed to provide all the functions of a major public library, including child-friendly spaces, study spaces, meeting spaces, and the collection.
The existing building structure provided a large volume in which a series of playful interventions were designed to highlight the different zones and functions. Coloured ribbon-like ceiling panels and natural timber provides warmth, while directing users through the space. A landscaped pocket park connects the library to the outside with a gently ramped walkway with tiered landscaped stairs.
Photographer: © Taryn Blomfield