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 façade, 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.
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State Award for Public Architecture, RAIA ACT 2005