The Sandringham Library redevelopment is a key component in Bayside City Councils strategic plan for upgrading the facilities and amenity of the central Sandringham area.
The existing 1970’s library building was in need of significant refurbishment to accommodate the changing nature of Library spaces and to accommodate Maternal and Child Health care services and community spaces.
The design of the building is focused around providing a series of high quality, engaging spaces responding to the unique requirements of the various user groups, all connected to a central welcoming entry point.
In keeping with the changing nature of library buildings types of spaces have been introduced into the building such as the Maker Space, video conferencing booths and dedicated work / project rooms.
The design is also focused on accommodating all community members with playfull children’s areas, active teenage facilities, quite study booths and peaceful reading / contemplation zones.
Completing the library space is utilization of the latest library systems and IT infrastructure to ensure the best services can be delivered to the library patrons.
Flexibility is also a key outcome for the building to ensure all parts of the building, meeting rooms and MCH, can be used autonomously after hours while providing seamless integration when fully active.
Committing to upgrading the building’s fabric and services to promote high standards of sustainable design and durability will ensure the building will remain a valuable community asset for years to come.
Photography by Rhiannon Slatter