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Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Opens

20th November, 2015

The iconic $45.5 million ARM Architecture-designed and built by Kane Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (GLHC) will open to the public this weekend at 10am on Saturday 21st November.

The futuristic dome structure has been described by Geelong’s mayor Darryn Lyons as a “big brain,” a moniker which conjures up images of large-headed cartoon rats and megalomaniac masterminds.

Designed and constructed to the highest specifications, the purpose-built space allows for the delivery of an innovative and world-class library and information service.

The centre serves as a community hub for enjoyment of local residents and workers, as well as tourists visiting the region.

Nestled in the heart of Geelong's flourishing cultural precinct, the iconic structure has been designed to extend the adjacent Johnstone Park and compliment the beautiful heritage architecture in the area.

The building is clad in 332 panels of glass reinforced concrete, a lightweight material that retains the enduring qualities of concrete.

The building has a number of significantly environmentally sustainable design features which have resulted in it achieving a 5 Green Star rating.

Overview of the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre:

Ground floor: Library with a mix of seating areas, news lounge for print and digital news media with lots of technology available for use. Also a mezzanine and book wall. Café opening soon in early 2016.

1st floor: A colourful, tactile children’s space with digital equipment and creative materials as well as a dedicated youth space with technology wall, digital equipment, study space and gaming equipment

2nd floor: Quieter space with adult fiction, non-fiction, magazines, journals, e-resources and specialist collections such as a unique arts collection

3rd floor: Will house the State’s largest regional archive of historical resources. Also state-of-the-art technology including smart tables and digital microfilm readers.

4th floor: Administration and GRLC head office

5th floor: Flexible event space with stunning views and open timber deck that will be available for hire early next year

Kane were proud to have worked with our client at Greater Geelong City Council, Davis Langdon, ARM Architecture, McKenzie Group Consulting, Slattery Australia and Umow Lai & Associates to deliver this state of the art facility that is a spectacular addition to Geelong's architectural and cultural landscape.

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