Centenary Library, Anglican Church Grammar School

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Centenary Library, Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Churchie: Queensland Educational Facility Development, Australia – design by BSPN Architecture

23 Jul 2018

Anglican Church Grammar School Centenary Library

Design: BSPN Architecture

Location: Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Anglican Church Grammar School Centenary Library

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The Centenary Library at Churchie is the most significant project undertaken in the school’s 105-year history. The library activates the heritage-listed portion of the site by creating a space for the future.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Respect to the school’s archetype of red brick, steep tiled roofs, ornate detailing and cream capping, seamlessly integrates the Centenary Library with adjacent heritage buildings and wider campus.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The deep and detailed brick façade stands sentinel to the modern internal glass ‘cube’; a testament that the past and future can coexist in the present. The result is a timeless iconic building that activates the footpath edge to enrich the urban experience.

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The educational brief redefined the library’s role as the ‘heart-of-the-school’ during a time that many are questioning the importance and purpose of school libraries.

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The resulting space functions like a tertiary library, through a service-orientation that extends learning beyond the traditional school day and connects students, teachers, parents, alumni and the broader community.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The seven-year partnership between Churchie, the University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) and BSPN Architecture underpinned this project’s unique consultative process.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

With the Centenary Library as the critical strategic masterplan building, iterative evaluation of modest refurbishments identified those designs, materials, and technologies that worked within the Churchie context.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The evaluative process developed both teacher environmental competency and the built pedagogies of different learning environments.
Through its occupation, the Centenary Library exceeds its brief. Longitudinal post-occupancy evaluation suggests it has indeed become the ‘heart-of-the-school’ at Churchie.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The average occupancy rate of 61% indicates substantial daily student inhabitation. The previous library was a space for English and the Humanities; now its curriculum foot map extends to utilisation across all subjects.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Provision of academic, café, pastoral and technological services into the evening and on Sundays ubiquitously engages the day/boarding students, teachers, parent and broader communities.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

The Centenary Library’s success provided the grounds for the creation of the Churchie Research Centre within the library, connecting Churchie with leading Australian and international Universities.

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Anglican Church Grammar School Centenary Library – Building Information

Architects: BSPN Architecture
Completion date: 2017

Centenary Library Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane

Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

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Address: Anglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane, QLD 4169, Australia

Location:Anglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane, QLD 4169, Australia




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