Barwon Health Hospital Library

University Hospital Geelong, Bellerine St, Geelong

“Thanks to the design expertise of Raeco, our new library in a glass-encased, floating mezzanine floor of a nineteenth century heritage building, melds the old with the new with grace and style. Natural light from the leadlights in the outside shell travels across the low-line, mobile shelving, allowing flexibility and clear line of sight across the whole library. On entering the space our clients gasp audibly before gravitating towards the area that suits them for the day. Double-screen computers, comfortably spaced along the perimeter benches allow researchers to work efficiently, undisturbed by the centralised activities. The shelves are interspersed with bright pink chairs, complementing the muted heritage colours. The custom-designed reference desk allows stand-up or sit-down reference with wheel chair access. Study booths in the learning lounge entice and enclose those who want privacy for informal peer teaching. It is all about functionality with elegance, and with Raeco we’ve achieved a fine balance.”

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