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The Western Sydney University library in Kingswood NSW consolidates the facilities of two Penrith campuses into one new building, and accommodates centralised administrative services from five other campus libraries. Visual consistency in the design, and delivering an efficient, modern, state-of-the-art build was key to inspiring student in a user-friendly research, learning, and study centre. Allen Jack+Cottier Architects selected a series of bricks featuring predominantly red tones to provide texture and complexity.

The textured facades of Red from the PGH Bricks Smooth collection, and Red from the Velour collection provided an additional skin to the building, rather than being anchored to the ground plane. A consistent cut was required to ensure the cut on acute corners was maintained throughout the build. Additionally, all openings are framed by dark bronze sunscreens reducing the perceived mass of the building and responding to its orientation, providing further scale, detail, and texture.

Photography: Michael Nicholson

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