Toowoomba’s new library is the centrepiece of a redeveloped civic precinct aimed at revitalising the Toowoomba city centre. The building creates a distinct and contemporary civic presence by addressing a prominent corner of the city centre edge.
Formally opened in early 2016, the new library is spread across three floors encompassing 1000sqm of community meeting rooms, an immunisation clinic, the local history library, a bicycle drop-off centre for workers who commute to the city by bicycle and a basement car park with 94 spaces.
The upgraded civic precinct includes a 7,500sqm combination of paved and turfed outdoor areas leading to the library's entrance. A cafe opening onto the paved library forecourt is also incorporated in the plan. The plaza will connect the Town Hall, the Regional Art Gallery and the new City Library and will be able to accommodate major outdoor events.
ELIA Architecture formed part of Hutchinson Builders construction team. The initial design for the building was generated through the collaborative efforts of James Cubitt Architects and Peddle Thorp.
The exterior design is composed of geometric volumes in a variety of different materials. These include standing seam copper cladding, brickwork, glazing and colorbond steel. Sun shading elements add further interest to the facades. The volumes identify major functions of the building to the exterior. Views from both inside and outside the building encourage an engagement with the community.
Completed: Early 2016
Cost: $ 24,500,000
Location: Toowoomba, QLD
Project Team: Lester Ehrlich, David Laws, Graham Mudge, Deneth Peiris, Richard Yang, Lyn Ehrlich
Original Design: James Cubitt Architects (JCA) in association with Peddle Thorp