Griffith University campuses are currently undergoing a major $320M redevelopment program which includes the Library (G11) Extension and Gumurrii Centre on the Gold Coast campus. The library transformation is under construction and is an integral component of the Universities health and knowledge precinct.
A creative and engaging consultation process between Griffith University, ThomsonAdsett, Kevin O'Brien Architects, the Gumurrii Centre and Watpac Specialty Services has led to the conception of a 'Library of Choice' which encourages serendipity, experimentation and collaboration. "In an increasingly digital world the library has become the learning and social hub of the campus. This exciting project brings this concept to life" said Griffith's Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services), Linda O'Brien. The building has been conceived to complement the campus growth, cultural context, hinterland views and the prominent University Drive location.
The design offers a variety of social spaces internally and externally and features experimental spaces such as the learning aviary, sky lounge and a collaborative space which is not biased to one functionality. A distinctive 160m long building identity is the product of re-lifing and extending the existing building in a sustainable, efficient and inclusive manner.
Linda notes "the collaboration between the partners on this project has been outstanding". ThomsonAdsett recently delivered a lecture at the Nobel Forum of Future Learning Environments at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden on the subject of this building.