Bankstown Library & Knowledge Centre

Bankstown, NSW

Seven time award winning facility for the Bankstown community

The new Library and Knowledge Centre, commissioned by Bankstown City Council, has transformed the existing Bankstown Town Hall into an integrated, flexible, state of the art community hub and it has become a new iconic public building in the heart of Bankstown. The redevelopment includes demolition of the existing auditorium and construction of a new library of 3-storeys including an outdoor reading garden and a new aquatic sculpture garden. Renovation of the existing Town Hall included constructing a 300 seat theatre, conference facilities and cafeteria. The unique feature is the ‘trees’ that support the roof.

Client: Bankstown City Council

Architect: FJMT

Builder: Watpac

Value: $20M

Completion: 2009

Sector: Government & Public, Art & Culture

Services: Structural, Civil


  • 2015 AIA Emil Sodersten National Award for Interior Architecture
  • 2015 AIA John Verge Award for Interior Architecture
  • 2015 AIA Sustainable Architecture Award
  • 2015 AIA Commendation for Public Buildings
  • 2015 ACSE Awards – Medium Project Award
  • 2014 ACSE Structural Awards – Medium Building Commendation
  • 2010 BPN Award in Public Building& Urban Design
  • 2010 AIA Public and Sustainable Architecture
  • 2009 Timber Development Association Public or Commercial Buildings Category – Highly Commended
  • 2009 Urban Development Institute of Australia, Environmental Excellence Award