Macquarie University in Sydney is one of Australia’s leading research universities and in 2002 plans for a new state of the art $94 million library were developed. With aspirations to develop the new library building as a 21st century learning environment, a sustainable design was at the centre of the design brief. The facility is unmatched by any other academic library in Australia and complements a collaborative approach to learning and research.
With the need to define the site and its spatial zones a solution was required that would enable the design principles to be achieved. The Macquarie university Library complex is a classic example of how concrete can be used to enhance the architectural appearance of a building.
Sika architectural concrete was utilized to achieve the balance of colour required to create both a bold and comforting space for visitors to the University. Sika ColorFlo® liquid concrete pigments were incorporated into the concrete mix particularly for the walls and pathways, bringing architectural interest into the spaces. one of the most interesting applications of Sika architectural concrete is the full-height precast panel screen walls used along the northern façade of the podium, incorporating a framed glass balustrade above a metal louvre screen. The new Macquarie University Library is a remarkable building, inspired by the bushland environment of North West Sydney, where the campus is located.