Geelong’s Library and Heritage Centre has a history of being a central communal space within the Geelong community, and simultaneously plays the important role of housing Geelong’s Heritage Centre. As a cultural hub, the Geelong council were determined to ensure that the new library would embody all the loved elements of the old library, while bringing in some new details to modernise the space.

“Our inspiration for the form comes from a number of streams: the tradition of the great reading rooms and the great libraries,” introduces ARM Architecture director Ian McDougall. “There’s a whole history of public buildings in Victoria from the 19th and early 20th century, all identified with the dome as a civic marker”