Tuesday, March 5, 2019
First look at new library gallery plans
The first plans for the library gallery development have been released.
The building complements the surrounding precinct and uses environmentally sustainable design.
The two-storey building features an upgraded library space, two gallery rooms as well as community meeting and workshop rooms.
A significant design feature is the spiral staircase topped by a skylight which will intersect the second-floor gallery spaces.
The cultural precinct project received $4 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.
Construction is due to begin in the second-half of the year. The library will operate from an alternate site while the gallery will explore outreach programs and alternative spaces.
Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the project builds on the momentum of the city centre’s transformation.
“This precinct, which is the anchor of the southern end of the central business district, has more than 300,000 visitors each year,” Cr Speedie said.
“This important redevelopment will not only meet the needs of our growing community but also provide the opportunity to promote an accessible and fit-for-purpose facility that provides a program of arts and culture to our residents and our visitors.
“We know that arts and culture contribute to our economy as well as creating opportunities for our community to gather, interact and connect.
“This redevelopment will see the improvement of the quality of services and community infrastructure.”
The design includes a courtyard to link with the existing courtyard and a second-floor terrace.
The large tree that is a significant feature in The Cube Wodonga courtyard is planned to remain.
Works continue on the detailed designs and final floor plans.
Negotiations continue for a temporary location for the library during the build with officers talking to agents of several sites in the CBD.