Inveresk Library – University of Tasmania
Timber library – Sshh, learning in progress
The library is the first of three major buildings coming to life in the new Inveresk Precinct that will be central to the vitality of Launceston and the wider region. The University’s transition to Inveresk between 2022-24 is a key initiative of the Launceston City Deal. The new Library building has been co-designed in consultation with the community, to gather feedback on the vision, detailed design and functionality. Designed by John Wardle Architects and supported by a local workforce from Vos Construction, the building can be found in the heart of the new development and is open and accessible to students, staff and the community.
The roof design comprises of a ‘sawtooth’ configuration which is most seen on older factory buildings. The profile of these type of buildings is similar in shape to the teeth of a saw – hence the name. It may also resemble a continuous row of skillion roofs.
With a sawtooth roof, the vertical aspects of the roof are fitted with windows or glass panels. The building is generally angled so the glass panels face to the north, which filters the light and avoids direct exposure. In recent years architects have sought the benefits of natural light over artificial lighting and the photos certainly highlight the positive effects of this design.
The University of Tasmania adopts a timber first policy, which resulted in GLT engineered timbers sustainably sourced Tasmania Oak finished with Dulux Teknos Clear coating being specified.
The aesthetic is warm and inviting and provides a wonderful environment where people can come to connect and learn.