The Library at The Dock is a three-storey building,over 55 metres long and 18 metres wide. The building has achieved a six-star green star rating under the public buildings rating tool from the Green Building Council of Australia.
According to the Library website it is the most sustainable community building in Australia. The solar panels supply approximately 30 per cent of the building’s total operational power. The water is collected from the roof and discharged to a 55,000L tank in the nearby Victoria Green park for reuse within the building.
Library at the Dock architect
The Library at the Dock is an important architectural addition to the Docklands area. As Gregory Anderson, CEO of Places Victoria, said : “The first decade of Docklands was about buildings. The focus has now shifted to delivering the facilities that are the building blocks of a thriving community”
The City of Melbourne entered into a contract with Clare Design, as design architects, and Hayball, as the architects of record. The main goal was to create a building that would integrate into the area however it would stand out from the many multi-floor buildings around the area.
Boats with a view….and a book in Docklands, Melbourne
The building is made from engineered timber (Cross Laminated Timber) and reclaimed hardwood.
It lies just eight metres from the edge. This is possible thanks to the use of the Cross Laminated Timber which is 30 per cent lighter than traditional structures, significantly reducing the requirement for new substructure. The history of the 75 year old wharf has been preserved and serves as the building’s substructure.
Inside the Library at the Dock
Inside you find not only a traditional library collection but also an interactive learning environment, an impressive digital collection, multi-purpose community spaces and a performance venue that holds 120 people.
The promenade decking is made from reclaimed timber from the Victoria Harbour south wharf, giving new life to the local area’s historical past. The view to the Docklands area is quite amazing from here.
The Observation Wheel is definitely a great subject in any photos. Combine it with the background, or foreground, of Docklands and you will have a nice composition. This corner is pretty unique. It includes some boats, positioned like spectators to the wheel show
Could you guess how many screws and nails have been used for this outstanding building?
55,000 screws and 110,000 nails!
I really suggest to visit this amazing building, have a view to the inside through the 3 floors and enjoy a latte at the local cafe.
- Try to make it around sunset for the best light (sunrise is covered by the stadium).
- The promenade decking is the best spot for your photography
- Include the reflection of the bridge into the library windows
- Wait till dark for the spectacular view to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
- If you keep riding/driving till the end of the dock you will get another great view of the Bolte bridge
- See more photography locations on the Top 7 sites in Docklands to make a photo
From the Bolte bridge to the Observation Wheel, Melbourne
The Bolte bridge on Sunset, Melbourne
Map of the Library at the Dock