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City of Perth Library
New build or refurbishment: New build
Architect: Kerry Hill Architects
Project completed: 02/12/2015
As a capital city library, the building needs to be many things to many people, providing flexible spaces supported by technology for the business and commercial communities; be warm and welcoming to the young; familiar and safe to the frail and disenfranchised.
Capital city libraries by their nature and location have a different user demographic from other public libraries with a much lower residential base but high visitor base. There are approximately 25,000 residents in the City, with a daily influx of at least 125,000 workers and visitors.
To best serve this community, the Library was designed with spaces and services in mind to allow the best possible use. In addition to the physical collections and stock for borrowing, the Library has dedicated floors targeted to different demographics. For example, a floor for very young children with appropriately designed furniture and soft surfaces, as well as a young adult floor with study rooms and recreation areas, a History Centre for quiet study, bookable meeting rooms, hire facilities and many spaces for reading, studying and relaxation.
The Lord Mayor of Perth has described the Library as ‘the City’s lounge room’, a space for the people of Perth a place to meet, learn, create and engage.