Sunshine Coast Council‘s commissioned Wilson Architects from Brisbane to complete the detailed designs for the Caloundra District Library.
The project will transform the aging council chambers at 1 Omrah Avenue into a modern three-level library with community meeting rooms and administrative offices.
It will replace the existing Caloundra library across the street, which is the Sunshine Coast’s busiest and “bursting at the seams”.
Wilson Architects created the conceptual designs for the new library, which were approved by the council in April this year. These designs pay homage to the building’s butterfly roof line and the “beautiful high ceilings” and respond to the neighboring green space of Bill Venardos Park.
Each of the three levels of the library will be dedicated to different uses. On level one there are special children’s areas, customer service desks as well as a covered outdoor area and deck and event areas. Level two will have library work areas, collections, relaxation rooms, amenities, outdoor activities, maker space, as well as a podcast recording room and a meeting room. Level three will house council offices and a variety of bookable community meeting rooms.
The library is one of several projects planned for the center of Caloundra, along with an event center, regional art gallery and a new town square.
Construction work is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024.