Hume Global Learning Centre & Library – Craigieburn
- fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)
Our approach sought a sensitive balance between the functional requirements of a contemporary library with the need to create an iconic building that is the cornerstone of a new community precinct.
The project provides for the rigorous requirements of a contemporary library, community gallery and meeting spaces. Rammed Earth walls are the primary forms for the building, set out on a simple structural grid creating a series pavilions of different volumes. The design provides an elegant, warm friendly community facility that invites residents to utilise the cafe, gallery, meeting spaces and library as well as the external shaded courtyards.
Working closely with Hume City Council and the community, fjmt produced a building that directly responds to the evolving context in which it sits, whilst reinforcing the structural plan for the embryonic town centre and achieving all of the briefed program requirements. In the first three weeks of operation, the library attracted 16,877 visitors, signed up 406 new library members, loaned 23,923 library items and hosted 58 events in its conference and training facility – attracting a further 2284 visitors.
The project set a high sustainable agenda for the community and has utilised locally sourced rammed earth as the primary building material. The project is orientated to maximise passive environmental principles with extensive external louvres providing shading and a sense a place on the northern facades. Double glazed windows maximise natural light into the primary public spaces and reading rooms whilst minimising heat load. The use of timber as well as rammed earth has minimised the use of paints and helps demonstrate the green credentials of the project.
\”The feedback I’ve had… is about how warm and inviting the atmosphere is at the Hume GlobalLearning Centre. I just love how striking the architectural design of the building is. It provides a wonderful balance of warmth and light, and shows how much libraries have changed over the years.\” – Hume Mayor Councillor Ros Spence