Bribie Island Library


The Bribie Island Library is part of a consortium of community based projects initiated by the Caboolture Shire Council to expand the region’s cultural facilities.  The initial project brief outlined a scope of works, which involved extending the existing library and adding on meeting room spaces and gallery for the arts.  After significant analysis and coordination with the steering committee, Macksey Rush came forward with a proposition for a new purpose-built library that accommodated the shire’s growing needs and a proposal for a retrofit of the existing building to house the required meeting spaces and gallery.  

The site was reorganized locating the new building adjacent but staggered forward of the existing building in a manner which expressed the change in order.  The new building features a reading room that occupies the southern corner of the site and overlooks Pumicestone Passage, while the library collection is located towards the north.  The existing building was refurbished to provide community meeting rooms and a local gallery space.  A glass link connects both buildings and enables both buildings to operate independently. 

A modernist style was adopted for the new building; expressed in the building form, material selection and the planning strategy.  Predominately using vitra panel, steel and glass; the new building contrasts with the existing architecture, a glass link between the existing and the new building acts to interlink the two forms.  

Macksey Rush Architects was also involved in the design and delivery of the Matthew Flinders Bicentennial Gallery and numerous urban facilities which completed construction in 1999/2000.