The UTAS Inveresk Library is the first building to open as part of 3 new buildings in the Northern Transformation Program, spearheaded by Wardle Architects. The buiding has been widely celebrated by it’s local community. Not to mention the AIA community which left Inveresk Library dripping in the 2023 Local and National awards for Architecture in Education and Interior Architecture.
The Library, deemed as a critical piece of the NTP has been a collaborative approach of consultation with staff, students and local community members including the voices of First Nations. These important consultations provided a deep connection to country and a firm grasp of the local community which underpinned the strategic plan.
The external geometric, saw tooth form embodies a playful bond with its site nestled in between the School of Architecture and Creative Arts Precinct, providing a contemporary approach to the historically significant railway site.
The 3,300m2 library offers a clear sense of arrival and journey with lighting playing a key design element in supporting wayfinding and enhancing story telling through the spaces. Whilst most learning and education spaces require white, high blue spectrum light to stimulate users, the flexible learning spaces at Inveresk Library utilise a warmer colour temperature light, creating a softer, more comfortable ambience allowing users to stay for long periods of time, through out all periods of the day. The warmer temperature also accentuates the abundance of the timber wall and ceiling finishes throughout the space. In an aesthetical interest, the continuous linear light forms a seamless extension of the architecture throughout the rooms and floors of the library, ensuring a harmonious integration of light and architecture.
Architect: Wardle Architects
Local Electrical Engineer: Engineering Solutions Tasmania
Builder: Vos Construction
Electrical Contractor: Degree C
Images: Anjie Blair