Green Square Library and plaza

Architect's render of Green Square Library and Plaza

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 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 6-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 rehearsals.

The existing Green Square Library and Customer Service Centre at the Tote Building will relocate to the new Green Square Library. Redfern Customer Service Centre will also move to this new location.

The plaza will come alive for City festivals and events.

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

Green Square plaza and library from Paul Street

Green Square library, plaza and town centre

Designed by Stewart and Hollenstein Architects

Construction begins: 2015

Expected completion: mid 2018