The City is building an innovative underground library that’s also a public plaza.
This will be a place where you can connect, learn, relax and play.
Entering the library through a green walled open-air amphitheatre, you’ll discover an underground living room filled with sunlight and fresh air. At its centre a dynamic sunken garden offers a colourful place for children to play.
A striking 7-storey glass tower will emerge above the plaza. It will house community rooms, reading rooms and a technology suite. And for the musically inclined, an acoustically designed music room featuring a baby grand piano will be available for practice and small recitals.
You won’t even need to enter the library to experience it. Recharge your laptop on a mobile sun lounge in the plaza and use our free wifi to access the library’s world-class e-resources.
At night friends and family can gather in the plaza and enjoy movies and screenings of sports events projected onto the tower’s surface.
The plaza will come alive for City festivals while projections will paint the tower in a new light for Chinese New Year.
Like the public piazzas of Europe, the new library and plaza will be a public space with a soul.
Inspiring design excellence
The City is proud to be one of the few Australian organisations conducting open architecture competitions to find the most beautiful, functional and sustainably designed buildings.
Over 160 architects from around the world entered the 2012 design competition to create a new library for Green Square.
Architects Stewart Hollenstein with Colin Stewart Architects, created the winning design – an innovative library that’s also a public plaza.
Ford Civil Contracting completed early works on the site, including excavation and laying foundations. Engineering and infrastructure firm John Holland was awarded the construction contract in August 2016.
“While another design might have been a great library for today, the winning design represents a great library for the future.” City of Sydney International Design Competition Jury
“This is dynamite! It’s going to be very special. It will be one of the most exciting places to explore in Sydney.” Glenn Murcutt AO, Architect/Academic and Jury member
“This is a concept we’re absolutely passionate about because it puts people above everything.” Felicity Stewart, Stewart and Hollenstein Architects