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Green Square’s community heart

We are creating an exciting new library and plaza in the heart of Green Square.  The Green Square Library is a uniquely designed building beneath a plaza.  The library will be the community living room for residents and visitors to the new town Centre. 

In March 2014, Council endorsed the concept design by Architects Stewart Hollenstein who are working with us to deliver their competition-winning vision which can be viewed on Sydney Your Say.

The winning design

The Stewart Hollenstein design was the winning entry to our international design competition. It redefines the traditional idea of a library, fusing a range of innovative buildings with the outdoor plaza to create multiple sites for play, work and rest. Some of the buildings are below ground while bookshelves sit outdoors in the plaza. The design includes an amphitheatre, a storytelling garden, water play zone and wide open spaces for festivals.

A design competition winner

We invited Australian and international architects in 2012 to enter designs for a new library and plaza for the Green Square Town Centre.

Our competition attracted over 160 submissions from around the world. Architects and designers were inspired by the chance to shape a new town centre in Sydney and the idea that libraries are increasingly becoming our 'urban living rooms' – places for exploration, creativity and connection.

The 5 shortlisted architects were chosen by the jury to submit more detailed designs and now the winning architect, Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects, was announced.

Download the jury's report and view more images of the winning design in the image gallery below - or check out the podcasts from our recent Design Excellence forum focusing on the library competition.

Hear from the competition jury on why they chose the winning design

International advice

Renowned urban designer Jan Gehl recently visited the City for an update on the Green Square project and to provide his expertise. During his trip, he went to the studio of Stewart and Hollenstein, to see the latest model of their project and speak with them on urban design and planning. He provided an insight into the importance of making sure the public areas and facilities we are building complement the apartments, offices and shops the private sector is constructing.


The competition jury

John Denton, Chair
Australia (Vic)

John DentonDirector of international award-winning architecture, urban design and interior design practice Denton Corker Marshall (DCM); Life Fellow of Royal Australian Institute of Architects; RAIA gold medallist; former Victoria state government architect; Adjunct Professor, Monash University Faculty of Art and Design.

Glenn Murcutt AO, Architect/Academic
Australia (NSW)

Glenn MurcuttMultiple award-winning Australian architect; 2002 Pritzker Prize winner; Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects; RAIA gold medallist; AIA gold medallist; Professor, University of New South Wales Faculty of Built Environment and leader of annual Glenn Murcutt international master class.

George Hargreaves, Designer/Landscape Architect

George HargreavesDesign director of international award-winning landscape architecture and planning practice Hargreaves Associates; Fellow of American Society of Landscape Architects; former chair of Harvard University Department of Landscape Architecture.

Rachel Neeson, Architect
Australia (NSW)

Rachel NeesonMultiple award-winning Australian architect, currently working on a number of projects with the City of Sydney local government area; 1996 University of Sydney University Medal; exhibited at 2006 and 2008 Venice Biennale; Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney.

Sharan Harvey, Librarian
Australia (Qld)

Sharan HarveyManager of Brisbane City Council Library Services; leader in library services, performance and technology; Queensland Local Government Association, 2010 Recognition for Services to Local Government.

Stuart McCreery, Buildability expert
Australia (NSW)

Stuart McCreeryStructural engineer with Evans & Peck, with extensive experience in building, infrastructure and sustainability projects; member, Australian Institution of Engineers; board member, Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney.

Last updated: Monday, 31 March 2014