Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre | Kosloff Architecture

Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre | Kosloff Architecture | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre | Kosloff Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Eastern Maar


Interior Architecture
Public Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Urban Design
Nicholson Construction
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

Designed by Kosloff Architecture, the Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre replaces the existing local library with a much larger, brighter, and accessible space in the heart of Warrnambool’s CDB. The new space is located on the South West TAFE campus and provides facilities for the local community and South West TAFE students and staff.

A new 3-storey contemporary extension connected by a glazed linkway to an existing, refurbished, heritage-listed building combines the traditional elements of a library with new elements, including a café, gardens, a dedicated children’s area, a tech zone, and a staircase with landings offering space for seating or performances.

A curved façade reveals views to the ocean. Internally, the new ceilings serve to bind together the contemporary and heritage buildings.

The project is the outcome of a partnership between the Victorian Government, South West TAFE and Warrnambool City Council.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Public Architecture
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Public Architecture
Regional Prize (Vic)
Shortlist – Heritage
Shortlist – Public Architecture
Shortlist – Regional Prize (Vic)
Victorian Jury Citation

Award for Public Architecture

Kosloff Architecture’s vision is attentive, generous and transformative, combining the adaptive reuse of the heritage Orderly Room with a three-storey addition to enhance facilities for the local community and TAFE campus at the heart of Warrnambool.

An inventive threshold connects both buildings via a study stage, bridge and internal light-filled laneway, which creates a rich urban connection to unify the centre with the campus and city. It offers the community an exceptional level of accessibility, inclusivity and exchange for learning, activities and ideas.

An ambitious sustainability agenda ensures a 100% electric facility with substantial retained and local material content. The care given to the Orderly Room Collection is immediately evident; a sublime space of grand proportions is articulated by tactile surfaces, natural timbers and soft furnishings which offers a comfort of human scale for the enduring enjoyment of civic life.

The Learning and Library addition is compelling and beautifully detailed, mediating its context with a thoughtful scale and palette. The structural solution is clever, the concrete curves of the facade appear weightless in contrast to the heavy heritage context. Wall to window ratios provide an efficient thermal envelope, allowing for intimate occupation within the facade depth between framed views and regulated daylight.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Kosloff Architecture’s success in drawing out the best of a tired heritage building and using it as inspiration for a stunning new three storey building with a seamless interconnection between old and new has been heralded a triumph by Warrnambool community. Striking design elements internally and externally, testament to the architect’s vision and attention to detail have ‘lifted the aspirations of the City’. The highly functional design is a result of Kosloff’s willingness to work collaboratively with stakeholders.

Project Practice Team

Julian Kosloff, Design Architect
Lance van Maanen, Project Architect
Stephanie Bullock, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Bryce Raworth, Heritage Consultant
GLAS Urban, Landscape Consultant
Kosloff Architecture, Interior Designer
Philip Chun, Building Surveyor
Philip Chun, DDA
Quantum Traffic, Traffic Consultant
Resonate, Acoustic Consultant
Studio Semaphore, Signage and Wayfinding
SY Structures, Civil Consultant
SY Structures, Structural Engineer
TSA Management, Project Manager
Umow Lai, AV Consultant
Umow Lai, ESD Consultant
Umow Lai, Fire Engineering

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Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre | Kosloff Architecture | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

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