This project looks forward to providing a Sustainable integrated environment for all age groups into the fabric of community life. This project delivers a platform where it addresses the problem of a senior citizen by providing a common ground within a neighborhood, focusing ON creating space to organize community ACTIVITIES. This can be done by creating The THIRD PLACE A welcoming space that cultivates essential social experiences in the company of like-minded people. It will be an informal neutral ground for people of different age Site The site is located at Darlinghurst, NSW, In a mixed-use residential area. it is also a short bus (from Oxford St) or train ride (from Kings Cross Station) to Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach giving it prime inner-city living with all the convenience of an Eastern Suburb position. Victoria street itself has some of the trendiest cafes in the Eastern Suburbs.
- PHASE 1 included designing a mixed-use building with aged care, child care, public plaza, and residential units, but in
- Phase 2, I will focus on the public space on lower levels, exploring the building to meet the project brief, i.e. TO create a third place which is a combination of the community center and library.
- The interconnected nature of these spaces is to unify the community use, opening up the sense of belonging to the library.
- The 4th to 8th floor will hold the residential units which will remain as it is (untouched) from phase 1.
- All the core areas that serve the residential units above the ground level cannot be moved or altered.
- The ground floor will function as a buzzing urban space, a continuation of surrounding city streets
- THE PROJECT WILL DELIVER COMMUNITY LIBRARY - THE THIRD PLACE
It will primarily serve as a community CENTER including a café and gathering space to the neighborhood, here care has been given to create a new arrival experience porous with future flexibility to engage residents that may not usually visit a conventional library.
- A café on the ground floor offers a self-service meeting point, connected to the community activities, with the opportunity to open up to inspire community events.
- The first-floor functions as an intermediate level between the library and community center
- It supports a multifunction room and meeting room that can be used for library purpose
- The center develops activities that promote active aging, social integration, enhance self-care competencies, as well as create opportunities where seniors can learn new skills to contribute back to the community through volunteering.
- The interconnected nature of the spaces is intended to unify the community use, opening up the sense of space to maximize the volume and the access to natural daylight.
- Green plants on the boundary of the atrium have also been provided to soften the space.
The second and third floor serves as a public library the knowledge that arises through collaboration and exchange between people in a library is of particular significance. Therefore, One portion of the second floor is dedicated to children and the other part can be used by adults where they can spend time reading and researching. To ensure the children's safety, sharp corners, hard materials, and straight lines are avoided. The aim is to create a cozy and amicable place for children to read and play, a place that inspires their imagination and creativity.
- An attempt has been made to turn the space itself into a giant toy, in which children can freely explore, discover and create their own life experience
- It is intended as a more social area, the main space features wooden bookshelves that encircle a play space with a crafting workspace and display units
- The third floor is known as "book heaven" and contains the library stacks in a predominantly open space
- With a focus on interactive and smart technology, these community spaces interconnect and hold various curated programs throughout the day,
- The serene atmosphere invites visitors to read, learn, think, and to enjoy themselves.
The library contains a relatively small number of books – around 100,000 – with the majority of space dedicated to public amenities including a sitting area, reading area, and activity area. Terrace garden has been provided on the east so that both children and adults can enjoy the outdoor. The afternoon terrace is also provided in the kid’s library where they can enjoy the afternoon sun.
- An open community garden on the 4th floor has also been provided. This garden can be accessed by the residents from the apartment as well as the visitors of the library, it includes - a community park, play areas, and a garden. Children's and elders can spend time here, engaging in a common activity where they can volunteer and acknowledge each age group, strengthening the community
- The emphasis is integration, how to give and take, and to gel and resolve differences.
- The interior of the library reflects the diversity of atrium space with stairs connecting the five stories. Openable glass facade and a central atrium help maintain fresh air and natural light throughout the building.
- The light-filled atrium gives an overview of the wide range of facilities the library offers, including a multipurpose hall, neighborhood room, dedicated space for adult’s leisure, sitting space, reading circle, administrative room for the library.
- This elevation tries to show the Relationship of the building in context with the church. The serene atmosphere invites visitors to read, learn, think, and to enjoy themselves.
- The façade has been carefully designed with glass and angled louvers as a shading device that reduces the glare and heat without obstructing the city view from inside
- A glass wall containing the entrance creates a minimal threshold between interior and exterior.
- Enclosed in a responsive façade, the building opens up to invite people in from the surrounding streets. A new arrival experience has been created with future flexibility to engage residents that may not usually visit a conventional library.
- This library has been designed that is adaptable and embraces multiple functions to ensure that the library meets the needs of the Darlinghurst community into the future.
- People are encouraged to see this building not only as a library but as a free public space in the heart of the city