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The design for the library and student experience building has been driven by a sense of discovery and the excitement of remapping a historically significant part of the city to create an utterly contemporary learning environment.

As the precinct’s centrepiece, nestled between the Annexe Theatre and School of Creative Arts, the library’s sawtooth roof lines and industrial materials ensure a playful and vital dialogue with existing Launceston landmarks is created and maintained.

In deep consultation with community including First Nations voices to embed indigenous experience and knowledge within the spaces, the new addition to the campus establishes a distinct presence with a clear sense of arrival, journey and orientation. Elements of the interior have been individualised to the campus, such as custom carpets, joinery and display systems for art installations and collections.

The Riawunna Collection occupies a special place in the building – providing a cultural space for community, collaboration, and communication. The ground floor café will be a welcome and much-loved addition to the campus. The library features modern, tech equipped facilities and flexible spaces for group, individual, informal and formal learning – a new intellectual heart of the campus. Designed to be public and inviting, the library and student experience building is a place where the community, university staff and students, industry partners and enterprise can engage and participate.

  • Traditional Custodians of the land The Palawa people
  • Project Team In Collaboration with 1+2 Architecture
  • Client University of Tasmania
  • Location Inveresk, Tasmania
  • Project Duration 2019 - 2021
  • Floor Levels 3
  • Floor Area 3,300 sqm

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