Albury Cultural Centre

Albury, NSW
Photo © John Gollings
Photo © John Gollings
Photo © John Gollings
Photo © John Gollings
Photo © John Gollings
ARM Architecture

In 2007 ARM completed construction of a combined library and museum on a prominent corner of Albury's Cultural Precinct. Known as the Albury Cultural Centre, the building is part of an overall masterplan by the City of Albury which integrates a number of cultural facilities on the site with a new pubic square and landscape.

The library and museum is conditioned by a number of urban considerations which include: fulfilling a role as marker and corner sentinel to the precinct; acknowledging the surrounding street alignments; being conscious of scale and neighbouring buildings and the creation and integration of public open spaces.

The project also includes off-site car parking facilities and links to the precinct.

We approached the building as the composition of elements and ideas, rather than conceiving of it as a single lump. The building is akin to the collection of loose objects floating in geological strata, where the arrangement of the objects on the site is created by urban pressures and complex internal relationships.

This approach allowed us to create separate design strategies for each corner of the site. The building is bold on approach from the street, while also providing a significant backdrop to the new city square. On closer inspection the building is made by stitching together familiar Albury elements to create a memorable experience: the river, the river bank, the bridge, the garden and the landscape hedge.

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