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Albury Library Museum
by ARM

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

Ashton Raggatt McDougall is proud to have provided the architectural services for the new Albury Library Museum. After being appointed in early 2003, ARM began working with the City of Albury to create the combined facility of the Albury Public Library and the Albury Museum. Council's vision was for a single civic facility to provide a library, museum, community and new IT facilities for the Albury region, all co-located as a new type of public building. Early reviewing of the master plan for the precinct established that the Library Museum, in its shape and layout, needed to address three directions; Kiewa Street (and on the Stanley St axis), Swift Street and a new extended plaza area proposed for Queen Elizabeth II Square. We generated a plan for the building which is shaped as 2 wings, one as the library and one as the museum, joined together in a shared zone that houses staff, community, and the collaborative information
 
 

hub. Our architectural vision for the building was to bring together reminiscences and almost familiar elements from the Albury region; the giant webbing of the railway bridge over the Murray, the banks, levees and trees of the surrounding landscape, the river course itself, the streetscape of the Civic precinct, the coved cornices of a railway carriage, even the types of materials that one sees on the buildings in Albury. The scale of the building responds to its civic significance and draws from the adjacent existing street facades. All this is the palate through which we created the building. It has been a remarkable journey for us to share with the Council, the staff at the Library and Museum and the community in the creation of this project. Our team, along with Irwinconsult, our local partner Kevin Poyner Architect, and Zauner Constructions are pleased to have been part of what is a very important civic asset in Albury.
 
DETAILS

Location
Albury, VIC
Architect
ARM
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Project Team
Project architect: Rhonda Mitchell
Project architect: Will Pritchard
Project architect: Rhonda Mitchell
Project architect: Will Pritchard
Design architect: Andrew Lilleyman
Design architect: Andrew Lilleyman
Structural consultant: Irwinconsult
Services consultant: Irwinconsult
Builder: Zauner Constructions
Design Director: Ian McDougall
Design Director: Ian McDougall
Exhibition Design: Banyan Wood
Photographer: John Gollings
Photographer: John Gollings
Photographer: John Gollings
Photographer: John Gollings
Entered
2008


Photographs by John Gollings, John Gollings, John Gollings & John Gollings, text by ARM

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