Five finalists have been shortlisted from 167 entries in the City of Sydney’s international design competition for the Green Square Library and Plaza project.
The project is planned as the cultural centrepiece of the Green Square precinct, earmarked for $8 billion in commercial and retail redevelopment. This rapidly growing area on the city’s southern fringe is expected to accommodate an additional forty thousand residents and twenty thousand workers in the next few years.
The five finalists are Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects (Sydney); JPE Design Studio (Adelaide); John Wardle Architects (Melbourne); Flannery & de la Pole (London); and Felix Laboratories (Fremantle).
The jury comprises architects John Denton (jury chair), Glenn Murcutt AO and Rachel Neeson, American landscape architect George Hargreaves (landscape master plan designer for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games), Sharan Harvey (Brisbane City Council Library Services Manager), and Stuart McCreery (engineering and public building adviser).
City of Sydney is expected to announce the winning design in early 2013. Here’s a snapshot of the shortlisted proposals, with images in the slideshow above.
Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects (Sydney) proposes an urban living room with activities distributed across a field of indoor and outdoor spaces, and a sunken recreational garden.
JPE Design Studio (Adelaide) proposes community gathering points in a plaza with terraced outdoor water features and public nodes within the library.
John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) proposes a gentle arc-shaped design with an amphitheatre, treetop reading spaces, an outdoor room with a stream, bio-retention elements and indigenous trees, plus a library with an atrium.
Flannery & de la Pole (London) proposes a library with high thermal mass and natural ventilation in which public facilities are concentrated on a tall and transparent entrance level. Outside areas include a long performance porch, a canopied community space and children’s soft play surface.
Felix Laboratories (Fremantle) proposes rolling landforms planted with local vegetation, establishing a Sydney landscape of architectural forms including the library and playground, outdoor reading room and game space with water sculptures and a stream traversing the site.