Bunjil Place wins Members’ Choice at ALIA 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association has revealed the winners of its Library Design Awards at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane and Bunjil Place Library received the ALIA Members’ Choice Library Design Awards 2019.

The winners are as follows:

  • ALIA School Library Design Award 2019

Winner Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Centenary Library

  • ALIA Academic Library Design Award 2019

Winner Monash University, Caulfield Library

  • ALIA Public Library Design Award 2019

Winner Shellharbour City Libraries, City Library

  • ALIA Members’ Choice Library Design Award 2019

Winner Casey Cardinia Libraries, Bunjil Place Library

ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher said, ‘the 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards show, once again, that modern library buildings in Australia are world class. We are fortunate in this country to have forward-thinking library leaders, imaginative architects, and councils, universities and school management bodies committed to innovative design.
‘This results in irresistible buildings that tempt people inside to discover the wonders of library collections, creative spaces, and the programs and services that help make a positive difference to people’s lives and study’.

The winning libraries received these accolades from the judging panel. 

The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Centenary Library, was described by the judges as ‘impressive and an excellent fit with its environment. There is good use of natural light and an appropriate distribution of spaces for different activities’.

The Monash University, Caulfield Library, was described by the judges as ‘visually and physically connected with the campus through its glass entrance and western facade with new accessible ground level access for library users. It is a light, safe and secure focal point for campus users, day and night’.

The Shellharbour City Libraries, City Library, was described by the judges as having ‘a long, elegant and sophisticated facade with a design that adheres to a thoroughly confident and well-researched library strategy’.

The Casey Cardinia, Bunjil Place Library, was described by the judges as ‘a visually striking design with a dynamic interplay of different building materials. Superb timber grid shells and ribbons intersect powerfully with glass resulting in a stunning building, constituting a community centrepiece and a vital asset’.