Project Description

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Client: Geelong City Council 
Architect: ARM Architecture
Value: $45 million
2016  Australian Institute of Architects – Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – Winner 
2016 National Master Builder of the Year Award – Winner 
2016 Australian Institute of Architects – Interior Architecture – National Commendation

Umow Lai has been appointed as part of project team to provide expert sustainability design and engineering services for the new $45m Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

To be designed by ARM Architecture, the six storey Centre will be built on the existing site in Johnstone Park and aims to set a benchmark for a facility of its type providing communications, information and lifelong learning.

Consideration of the impact of the heritage buildings adjacent – Geelong Art Gallery and War Memorial, will be taken into account in the design.

As well as housing a modern, state of the art library and heritage centre, the building could also potentially include a café, retail space and a flexible exhibition area. It is the biggest project ever undertaken by the Geelong City Council.

Sustainable design elements will be introduced to produce a low energy building that deals efficiently with temperature extremes, generates low carbon electricity and passive performance.

The library redevelopment is being funded by the City of Greater Geelong ($20 million), the State Government ($15 million) and the Federal Government ($10 million). Works are expected to start mid 2013.

Umow Lai brings an impressive track record in sustainability to the new Centre. They worked on Pixel, the award-winning world-class, low energy building and previously with ARM Architecture on the award-winning Melbourne Recital Centre.