State-of-the-art library is delivers modern and inviting resource facility

Featuring Australia's first automated document storage and retrieval system, this complex project consisted of the design and construction of a new 18,000m2, 7-storey state of the art library; incorporating learning, research and social space, landscaping and public domain works.
The Automated Storage and Retrieval System consists of an environmentally controlled vault with metal bins storing the items. It allows higher density storage resulting in a significantly smaller footprint and a more affordable project cost. The slab that was utilised needed to be very flat in order to maintain vertical tolerance to the 4-storey high retrieval system storage.
The building also incorporates long span steel feature stairs, an element that involved detailed vibration analysis by TTW's Advanced Technology Team.
Inspired by the natural landscape and parklands of the university, the new library was designed to create a transparent and inviting space with a focus on sustainability. The complex Façade of the building was constructed from a mix of aluminium framed performance glazed curtain wall panels, multi-coloured aluminium Façade panelling and sun shading fins.

Client: Macquarie University

Architect: FJMT

Value: $70M

Completion: 2011

Sector: Universities

Services: Structural, Civil, Facade


  • 2013 MBA Excellence Award Excellence in Construction Award Tertiary Buildings (over $50M)
  • 2011 5 Star – Green Star Building