THE innovative and sustainable architecture of the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis was recently recognised at the Master Builders Association Awards.
The library and multi-purpose community centre was named the best public use building under $20 million at the awards, and came around the same time as the centre marked its first anniversary.
It also received a commendation for sustainable architecture at the WA Architects Awards in July.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said he was pleased that the library’s architecture was focused on reducing running costs and providing comfort and flexibility for the community.
“The building was designed to allow maximum flexibility to adapt to future changes in functions and technology,” he said.
“Features such as flexible foyer spaces double as breakout spaces for functions and meetings. Moveable meeting pods and shelving on wheels make the open-plan library a space that will evolve easily over time.
“Some of the key elements of the design and construction include passive-solar design principles with natural lighting, high insulation and other features which minimise water and energy use.
“The facility is constructed from quality, low-maintenance materials and pushes the boundaries of local government facilities slightly while maintaining a strict budget and low-maintenance approach.
“It offers a fine example of a building which showcases the best of contemporary public facilities.”
In its first 12 months of operation, more than 7000 people joined the library, 168,568 visitors borrowed 123,863 items and the public computers were used 23,356 times.