Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture

Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture | Photograph: Andrew Rankin Photography

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
The Bindal and Wulgurukaba People



North Queensland

Public Architecture
Hutchinson Builders
Andrew Rankin Photography
Project summary

The Riverway Library project breathes new life into a beloved community asset for the Townsville Community. The Thuringowa Library has been relocated to the existing precinct, seamlessly integrating with the Lagoon, Art Gallery, Sport Facilities, and Parklands. The transformed library occupies spaces formerly used for a performance venue and features a Café, bookable meeting rooms, a Changing Places Adult Accessible Change facility, and the innovative “MixHaus Makerspace.”

Overcoming design challenges, the project opens up the previously dark performance space, allowing natural light and views of the swimming lagoon and river. The library offers diverse spaces for quiet contemplation and collaborative work, including reading nooks, collaborative booths, and meeting rooms strategically placed with river views. The architecture embraces organic forms, with a unique curving ‘curtain’ defining the library space, paying homage to the former stage curtains while blending with the river landscape.

Project Practice Team

Zammi Rohan, Team

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Brazier Motti, Surveyor
DDEG, Fire Engineering and Performance Solutions Consultant
Devcert, Building Surveyor
Hunting House, Graphic Design
Northern Consulting Engineers, Civil and Structural Engineering
Parker Hydraulic Designs, Hydraulic Consultant
Place Design Group, Landscape Consultant
Revere Projects, Project Manager, Structural and Civil Engineering
Rosse Architecture and Consulting, Access Consultant
Stantec Australia, Acoustic Consultant
Stark Consulting, Graphic Design
STP Consultants, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Wilson Architects, Specialist Library Architectural Consultant

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Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture | Photograph: Andrew Rankin Photography

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