Sydney's Getting a Huge Futuristic New Library

Yes, there will be actual books in here, not just e-books.
Jasmine Crittenden
Published on March 21, 2016

A spiralling, futuristic community library is in store for Darling Square. Across its two floors, you'll find not only tens of thousands of books, but also a bunch of extra facilities, including a 'makerspace' and an 'Innovation Exchange Program' for creative startups.

Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and proposed by Lendlease, the building will have six storeys altogether, with another two floors occupied by a commercially-run childcare centre — as long as all plans get the green light.

"I am very pleased that the City [of Sydney] has reached an in-principle agreement with Lendlease for two floors of the fabulous Kengo Kuma building," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore. "The contemporary library will include a flexible space for seminars and workshops, with technology to support entrepreneurs and innovators."

The agreement means that the City of Sydney will lease the 2225 square metre space for 99 years. The rest of the terms are confidential at this stage, but we're expecting them to be ready to go by the end of 2016. And, if everything runs according to plan, the library will open in 2018.

"The redevelopment at Darling Harbour includes a new residential and commercial area with 4200 new residents and 2500 new workers," the Lord Mayor said. "High-density living is an important part of our city's future, but to be a success it must be supported by great community facilities, which is why we're so pleased to see a project like this that meets the city's standards of design excellence."

Find out more about Darling Square's new library and creative space on the City of Sydney's website.

Published on March 21, 2016 by Jasmine Crittenden
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