The Raheen Library has won a national interior design award.
The Raheen Library at ACU's Melbourne Campus has won the Commercial Interior Refurbishment Award at the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards, and has been shortlisted in the Public Design category of the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA).
The Dulux Colour Awards winners were announced in Melbourne on 27 March. Judges noted that strong use of colours and textures, as well as the adoption of primary colours was notable in the entries in all categories.
Jurors said of the Raheen Library: "Featuring a beautiful modernist take on a traditional library, this
project encourages students to study by providing shared and
collaborative spaces. The chosen palettes work together in perfect
harmony with the use of colour, coordinated with texture providing
Woods Bagot designed the Raheen Library and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel, also at the Melbourne Campus, which has been shortlisted in the same AIDA category as the library. The chapel is housed in the six-star green-rated Daniel Mannix Building.
Using an existing space for the library, the architects had a vision to create an appealing area for students, to encourage them to spend time, collaborate and learn on campus in a relaxed and social setting.
Strategically repositioning the library entrance to give visitors a stronger arrival experience was part of a revamp that increased floor space by 40 per cent and student capacity by 77 per cent. The interior design of the library was inspired by paper. References to folding, sewing, endpaper designs and bookbinding are visible in the fine vertical timber battens and crumpled paper lightshades.
The Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel was built in honour of Australia’s first saint and patron of the University. Opened in 2012, it features an eight metre high crucifix and concrete arched columns rendered in white hard plaster. These columns provided the backdrop and structural frame for the chapel’s intricate lattice of block work.
The St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel won the Kevin Borland Masonry Award for interior design at the Think Brick Awards 2013. The Raheen Library was awarded a commendation by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Victorian Chapter, and was shortlisted for the Interior Design Excellence Awards 2014.