Providing integrated architectural, interior, and landscape design services, DesignInc designed both new and reimagined spaces to house administrative, library, customer service, and staff workspace facilities as well as outdoor areas.
The emergence of digital technologies and networked information has led to a transformation in the design of both civic and workplace environments.
Static desks and offices have been replaced by flexible spaces, agile working opportunities, digitally enabled environments, seamless indoor/outdoor transitions and facilities that foster connection and collaboration.
The Burwood Council precinct site has a layered history, with the original heritage-listed Council building on the corner of Conder Street and Elsie Lane dating from 1887.
Refurbished as a ‘one stop shop’, customer services centre and the Mayor’s office, the original Council chambers provides a grand and welcoming entrance to the precinct.
The 1990s library has been extended and upgraded across two floors to host a wide range of community spaces, a large book collection, virtual reality booths, acoustically treated music suits, learning labs, a multi-purpose amphitheatre, and indoor gardens.
Digital capabilities include wi-fi throughout, two interactive digital galleries, increased BYOD ports, and touchscreen catalogues.
Across a pedestrian laneway, an exciting new 3,000 sqm two-storey administrative facility now accommodates all Council staff.
Designed with an agile working approach, the open plan workplace features hot desks, collaboration spaces, breakout spaces, flexible meeting rooms, and a large lunch room with external balcony.
An elevated pedestrian link bridge connects the new building with the old: a conceptual ‘journey’ between the two, overlooking a laneway landscaped with planting, seating, and public art.
The needs of the existing community were central to both the architectural brief and its translation into our design solution.
Burwood library already had a loyal, diverse and engaged community.
Prior to the refurbishment the library hosted approximately one million visitors per year, vastly outstripping its capacity, and facilitating the need for this upgrade and expansion.
The new library and community hub precinct offers a bigger and better-equipped experience with contemporary technology to connect people with opportunities, information, and services at a local and global scale.
Despite a range of challenges, including working through the COVID-19 pandemic, DesignInc worked closely with the Burwood Council team and collaborated with many consultants to successfully deliver this project on time and on budget.
The Council is delighted with the project.
Cr John Faker, Burwood Council Mayor said, “This transformational project is the realisation of a vision to create a space that reflects our rich history, our thriving present, and our optimism for the future.”
Project size – 4,500 m2
Completion date – 2020
Building levels – 2
DesignInc is an award-winning architectural and design practice with offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia.
Their multidisciplinary teams are united with a common vision to make a difference to the health and happiness of people’s lives through the quality of the environments they help create.
Murray Harris Photography
Murray Harris Photography is a full service commercial studio offering a multitude of image based solutions for business. They cover most key areas of the commercial photography sector and have over 24 years in the photography market.
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