DIMBOOLA LIBRARY

DIMBOOLA LIBRARY

Libraries, as civic spaces provide communities safe and welcoming spaces that celebrate diversity within our communities.  They are a meeting place, a learning place, a relaxing place, libraries have become hubs around which communities grow and evolve, they are places where people come to interact.

Type:  Public

Location:  Dimboola

Client:  Hindmarsh Shire Council

Photography:  Damien Kook

The new library has been designed as a full of life focal point of the township of Dimboola.  It connects people from the main street in town to the natural beauty of the area through the site’s connections to the Nine Creeks Reserve and Wimmera River.

 

As rural communities like Dimboola seek to evolve and change focus from farming to tourism opportunities, civic spaces are increasingly important.  The Dimboola Community Civic Hub, centred around the new library, provides a connection for locals and visitors to the natural beauty of the area, as well as significant infrastructure and facilities.

 

Libraries, as civic spaces provide communities safe and welcoming spaces that celebrate diversity within our communities.  They are a meeting place, a learning place, a relaxing place, libraries have become hubs around which communities grow and evolve, they are places where people come to interact.

 

The new library’s flexible design ensures this building’s adaptability into the future as the way libraries are used, in particular rural libraries, continues to evolve and maintain it’s position as a valued and vital part of the Dimboola township.

 

An important feature of the design is juxtaposition of old and new architecture, whilst the Old Shire Hall was respectfully restored, the new library needed to be a contemporary piece of architecture and serve to reinvigorate the township.

 

 

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In close proximity to the Wimmera River we needed to adapt to the flood plain through raising the library.  This requirement was embraced and a raised deck created that is utilised as a stage for many different performances, gatherings and presentations.

 

With the new library located south of the existing hall, we used a large central courtyard to provide solar access to the library.  A clerestory window was introduced and in conjunction with an inverted roof truss design, natural light washed down the ceiling form to fill the library with natural light without the heat associated with direct sunlight.  A combination of louvred windows, deep eaves and verandas regulates light into the space without the heat.

 

The new library can be opened on all facades encouraging natural ventilation over the need for mechanical systems, whilst thermal insulation and glazing is provided in excess of the Section J requirements making the building as comfortable as possible.

 

Whilst we have increased the building’s footprint, the site was previously a bitumen hotplate.  Now the site is green-scaped and permeable paving used where natural paths of travel exist, dramatically improving the permeability and heat generation of the site.

AWARDED

2022 Design Matters National

Winner

New Commercial

Up to $2M Construction Cost

 

2022 Design Matters National

Winner

Excellence in Use of Steel

Congratulations, it’s such a perfect and special building with the most beautiful backdrop, that leads to the River trees.  More than just books.

 

–   Wendy, Dimboola Library User
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BANNOCKBURN RECREATION CENTRE

Located in the Golden Plains Shire township of Bannockburn this multipurpose basketball stadium is the first stage in a larger sporting precinct masterplan.  Dig Design has created a simple yet technically specific stadium that provides regulation competition grade facilities to the greater Bannockburn community.

Type:  Public

Location:  Bannockburn

Client:  Golden Plains Shire

Photography:  Rachel Lewis

Golden Plains Shire required a stadium to house two indoor, competition standard basketball courts with associated changeroom and administration facilities.  To widen its appeal to the greater community it needed a multipurpose element to be able to cater for both netball and its use as an indoor recreation centre for the nearby school.

 

 

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An open field site, the land had previously been farmland.  We worked with the client to develop a sporting precinct masterplan for the site.

 

This building had high ambitions and a tight budget.  It is a completion standard basketball stadium that will be the cornerstone for an entire future sporting precinct.  The design whilst a box form provides much more.

 

An entire southern facade of core fluted translucent polycarbonate sheeting at night fall the court lights create a giant light box that draws people in.  During the day the centre can be run without artificial light, this along with insulated wall panels and natural ventilation keeping lifecycle costs low.

 

With a tight budget, every element of the building was selected to be durable, energy efficient, cost effective and aesthetically enhance the space.  Dealing with a box form, we had to work hard to make it a stimulating space.  The internal palette was neutral allowing the timber flooring to take centre stage.

 

Rather than trying to hide the steel structure we opted to paint it black making it a striking feature of the space.  Insulated wall panels provide a finished internal surface, where there was no budget allowance for wall lining.  The stand out feature is the core fluted polycarbonate sheet wall on the south facade.  During the day you get a hint of the sweeping plains beyond and at night it becomes a glowing box.

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