Dunn + Hillam Architects are the recipients of the Premier's Prize for Architecture 2010 for the Junee Library. The project also won two Regional Master Builders awards for the builders Nash Bros Constructions.
The library design has been planned to meet the needs of the rapidly changing and dynamic role of a local library within this rural community, providing space to cater for the breadth of community needs in age, purpose and interest and to allow after hours access and flexible use.
The environmental systems employ radically simple night sky cooling air conditioning, chilled and heated slab, automated stack ventilation and southern natural lighting. This valuable piece of community architecture has been embraced locally and nationally for its radically simple green design.
Photography by Kilian O'Sullivan
"After a process of careful consideration, detailed consultation, and inspired planning, the new Junee Library emerged as an extraordinary building that combines the history of the building with contemporary features which makes it a stand out piece of public architecture."
Robert Knight, Executive Director Riverina Regional Library
"I have to admit the Junee Library is one of the best I've ever seen. The design is simply stunning, from the exposed beams on the gabled roof to the Murrumbidgee rocks that feature in the flooring. Perhaps the cleverest aspect of the design is the environmental engine room, which not only reduce the council's carbon footprint but also saves the council 75% on its energy bills."
Virginia Judge MP
"The two projects awarded for this prize are both modest in scale and budget, and quite different in their architectural expression. Each makes an important contribution to the public life in their regional communities and each demonstrates that simple inexpensive interventions can invigorate the public life of New South Wales regional centres. Together they show how architects can work with local communities to deliver quality projects for modest sums, and incorporate sensible environmental design."
Premier Kristina Keneally discussing the joint winners; Dunn & Hillam Architects and Paul Berkemeier Architect for the Premier's Prize