The Raheen Library at ACU's Melbourne Campus has won the Commercial Interior Refurbishment Award at the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards, and been shortlisted in the Public Design category of the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA).
The library was designed by Woods Bagot. 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.
Another Woods Bagot project at the Melbourne Campus, the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel, has also been shortlisted in the AIDA awards. The 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. The St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel won the Kevin Borland Masonry Award for interior design at the Think Brick Awards 2013.