The impressive new Kingswood campus library has now achieved practical completion and was in full operation this week. The 6 level building will be used to contain all library managerial staff on level 5 and has become the central library for all University of Western Sydney campuses.

This Library is a tribute to master craftsmanship, with external fa├žade brickwork created using a blend of 4 brick types that were mottled by hand on site. This presented some challenges as not all bricks came from the same company so brick sizes were generally variable. They were worked into shape, with the acute corners at the northern and southern ends of the project, accomplished using cut bricks, not mitred.

AJ+C Architects looked to achieve an industrial finish, resulting in a significant amount of off-form concrete finishes used throughout the project. Concrete columns required a class 1 finish while fire stair and lift shaft walls required class 2. Achieving this level of finish insitu (with some elements extending up 6m high) required around 20m3 of samples being prepared and tested with differing form liners, release agents and pouring methods.

Internally, there was a spend of almost $3 million on shelving, joinery and furniture alone, while the main structural steel and terrazzo stairway in the atrium, created a breath-taking focal point. The total project has received incredibly positive feedback from students and staff. A fantastic result achieved by the team.

Client

University of Western Sydney

Location

Kingswood Campus

Value

$24.5 million

Status

Recently Completed

Architect

AJ&C Architects