Woollahra Municipal Councils Double Bay Library, designed by BVN Architects, Lighting by Light Practice, has just completed its construction and is open to the public.
The essence of the design has been the concept of "a garden within a Library" which respects the relationship of the former St Brigid’s Library and Blackburn Gardens, and the Library as a community hub with a variety of spaces for undertaking different activities and services.
The Library has been cleverly designed over three levels using a flexible floor plan for changing future needs and incorporating the use of zones for different activities and programs.
Each level will reflect a different identity, ambiance and functionality
Level 1 as the main entrance to the Library will be the welcoming, vibrant and interactive zone, with spaces for children, including wet areas for craft; the quick browsing collection for the most popular Library titles and an event space, which includes a multi-function room that can be divided into two spaces each with access to a kitchenette.
Level 2 will have a youth space, public access computer hub and IT training room, and the majority of the Adult Library collection, with reading nooks and a range of different seating options.
Level 3 will be the quieter, more contemplative space allowing for research and study. It will include two small meetings rooms for up to 8 people, study nooks and a large quiet study room for over 30 people, as well as the Local History collection, and the Library staff workroom.