BACCHUS MARSH LIBRARY + COMMUNITY HUB
BACCHUS MARSH, VIC
A new library and community hub for the rural community of Moorabool Shire, located in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh.
The first new building in Main Street for almost 30 years, the design team, looking for inspiration, turned to the nationally recognised and iconic Avenue of Honour, the elm trees planted along the main road in 1918 to honour those who served in World War 1.
The exposed steel frame is a refined ‘trunk and branch’ structure. The skin of the building is dark and finely ribbed, taking the fine lines in the leaves and the darkness generated when the Avenue is in full leaf. The building’s openings are a stripped down representation of the Avenue’s negative space in the canopy, where sun penetrates the openings.
The building is part of a precinct master plan and broader cultural strategy for the town. As well as providing a new language to the streetscape, including street furniture and low maintenance planting, the building also acts as an environmental beacon, advertising Council's commitment to positive climate change initiatives.