CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment

Acton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The distinctive Black Mountain library houses CSIRO’s valuable rare books and national library collections, and an information and archiving hub for the organisation’s essential research activities. The new extension provides staff with offices and work areas in a separate facility, thereby allowing the expansion of the library holdings within the existing building.

The extension comprises a transparent, externally-framed, two-storey box, deliberately contrasting with the “enclosed” nature of the existing 1960s library building. The external, remotely controlled sun louvers, combined with the high performance double glazed fa├žade, allow occupants to enjoy full natural ventilation and light, or to thermally isolate the interior from the climatic extremes which are part of the Canberra climate.

CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
Ground Floor Plan
CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
First Floor Plan
CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
CSIRO Black Mountain Library Refurbishment
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State Award for Public Architecture, RAIA ACT 2005

Client
CSIRO
Project Status
Completed, 2003-2004
Key Consultants
Murtagh Bond Structures Buro, E Shelmerdine & Partners, Young Consulting Engineers, Wilde & Woollard, BCA Solutions, Eric Taylor Acoustics
Contractor / Builder
Project Coordination
Cost
$4,300,000
Gross Floor Area
1,500m2