A new timber community hub in a northern fringe suburb of Melbourne.

Located at the former Glenroy Primary School site, the Glenroy Community Hub will become an inspiring new home for the Glenroy Library and the Glenroy Memorial Kindergarten, providing maternal child health, community health, neighbourhood learning and childcare services.

The City of Moreland has set out to create an exemplar building, reflecting the sustainability ambitions of the council and their constituents. The development is aiming for Passivhaus certification, as well as targeting Living Building Challenge certification - both of which are recognised as some of the most stringent and difficult sustainable design standards in the world.

The form of the building breaks the usual box-like mould of Passivhaus buildings and introduces deep overhanging eaves, external balconies, and complex masonry details which required careful detailing to eliminate thermal bridging of structural elements. TTW leveraged our in-house facade and specialist Passivhaus experience to complement our structural team in developing a range of bespoke thermal break details to meet these challenges.

In addition, TTW contributed to the Living Building Challenge 'beauty' petal, providing considered detailing of the exposed timber roof structure within the library, inspired by reciprocal patterns found in nature.

Additionally, the stormwater management system was designed to meet or exceed best practice environmental guidelines, which required creative solutions to manage pre-existing site risks associated with overland flow paths and flooding.

Client: Moreland City Council

Architect: DesignInc

Value: $26M

Completion: 2021

Images: DesignInc

Sector: Government & Public

Services: Timber, Structural, Civil, Facade