The new Library at the Bendigo campus received a Commendation under the Public Design category at the recent Australian Interior Design Awards. A Commendation is given to projects that demonstrate high standards of achievement within their category. The Public Design category covers galleries, libraries, museums, theatres, educational institutions, and more.
The Awards celebrate interior design excellence across Australia and are backed by the professional body representing Australian designers, the Design Institute of Australia. This year the top award in the Public Design category went to The Australian Museum in Sydney.
The Library redevelopment, part of the Bendigo Transformation Program, more than doubled the library's public space. It includes a purpose-built home for the historic Sandhurst Collection, vibrant entry and flexible events space, digital learning lab integrating augmented and virtual reality technologies, and active learning spaces to inspire learning, reflection and co-working.
Library executive director Fiona Salisbury says the Australian Interior Design Awards have national significance and are judged by industry peers against international standards. “Being recognised by the industry and given a commendation puts the Bendigo Campus Library on an international standing. It’s a fantastic outcome.” The new library “connects our community with the past, present and future knowledge, on a journey of individual-discovery and technology-enhanced collaborative learning and research.”
Congratulations to our designer, Kosloff Architecture, and thanks to the Library team and Infrastructure and Operations staff who managed the project and brought the design solutions to life.