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pandora
26th April 2016, 12:23 AM
During my recent getaway I visited Geelong's new library just as a tour was about to begin.
I asked the guide if photography was okay and it was. The project cost $43M funded jointly by local council, State and Federal governments.
I'm posting here in the Lounge because all were shot with a phone camera.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-19.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89195)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-20.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89195)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-21.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89195)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-22.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89195)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-23.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89195)

Naughty Nigel
26th April 2016, 10:14 AM
Very impressive!

I like the different colour themes throughout the building.

Ricoh
26th April 2016, 10:17 AM
Great library Mark! I love real books, stuff the virtual world, books win!

pandora
26th April 2016, 06:58 PM
Hi there Nigel and Steve - the library is 5 levels tall,
I was blown away and you're right, can't beat a hard copy.
A couple more interesting features to add to the thread:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-30.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89206)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-291.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89206)

Mrs T
26th April 2016, 08:05 PM
What a fantastic library! What a great place to spend time in.

Naughty Nigel
26th April 2016, 08:53 PM
Its' also good to see that modern architecture doesn't have to be ugly.

pandora
27th April 2016, 08:05 AM
Thanks Amanda and Nigel. :)

Wee man
27th April 2016, 08:07 AM
This looks like a proper library, nice building.

pandora
27th April 2016, 08:32 AM
Yes Ed, the guide is demonstrating this large interactive touch screen that enables a user to cross link one item to another, very hi tech.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NC-31.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89228)

IanB
27th April 2016, 11:27 PM
we have to wonder what the role of the local library will be in the future. Will the elder people still be the main uses as now. Digitally it will be possible to connect with major city library.

Good and interesting photos Terry. BTW; A digital photography image is still a photograph no matter what was used the capture the subject ;)

those [I]BIG windows of glass reminds me of the damas with the new library here around 12-15 years ago [bugga; I've been here THAT long?:(] and how the books started to fade and how hot it was near glass with the hot western sunlight coming in. Yeah; more BIG $$ to fix it!! We have to wonder what architects are taught at times. Certainly not common sense

DerekW
28th April 2016, 07:47 AM
The elder people are leading the charge into tablet use. They are not intimidated by the tablet format and are drawn by the use of Skype etc to keep in contact with their relatives in far flung lands (ie the next street) from use as a social tool they migrate to using the tablet as a book / newspaper access tool.

Naughty Nigel
28th April 2016, 07:59 AM
Those BIG windows of glass reminds me of the damas with the new library here around 12-15 years ago THAT [/I]long?:(] and how the books started to fade and how hot it was near glass with the hot western sunlight coming in. Yeah; more BIG $$ to fix it!! [B]We have to wonder what architects are taught at times. Certainly not common sense.


You might have heard of the 'Walkie Talkie' building in central London. :rolleyes:

pandora
29th April 2016, 03:32 PM
You might have heard of the 'Walkie Talkie' building in central London. :rolleyes:

I hadn't heard of the "Walkie Talkie" building but I know exactly which it refers to and I like it - such a fun design.

It appears to be saying, "Up yours, old Shard!"

PS: Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend, even if the weather is crap!

Naughty Nigel
29th April 2016, 11:10 PM
I hadn't heard of the "Walkie Talkie" building but I know exactly which it refers to and I like it - such a fun design.

It appears to be saying, "Up yours, old Shard!"



Yes, but it reflects and concentrates the sun's rays at certain times of the year, and has set fire to the road surface and several cars in Oxford Street I believe. :eek:

pandora
30th April 2016, 02:16 AM
Are you telling me that you actually get SUN in London :confused:

And are you sure it was Oxford and not Bond Street *erm *susp James Bond ... :cool:

Naughty Nigel
30th April 2016, 11:32 AM
Are you telling me that you actually get SUN in London :confused:

And are you sure it was Oxford and not Bond Street *erm *susp James Bond ... :cool:

:D:D:D

The building itself is in Fenchurch Street. I thought the car fires were in Oxford Street but I could be wrong on this, so don't quote me. :)

I presume the problem has been resolved now (I think they developers were going to fit non-reflective glass), as I haven't heard anything more about it.

jdal
30th April 2016, 01:03 PM
And back to libraries, Newcastle's (UK version!) new Central Library is very similar, a marvellous modern building and pulling in the people as it's just a really nice place to be.

Naughty Nigel
30th April 2016, 03:16 PM
And back to libraries, Newcastle's (UK version!) new Central Library is very similar, a marvellous modern building and pulling in the people as it's just a really nice place to be.

Yes; I must pay a visit there some time.

Manchester (UK) also has a splendid library.

pandora
1st May 2016, 09:56 PM
:D:D:D

The building itself is in Fenchurch Street. I thought the car fires were in Oxford Street but I could be wrong on this, so don't quote me. :)

I presume the problem has been resolved now (I think they developers were going to fit non-reflective glass), as I haven't heard anything more about it.

A truly freaky and unpredictable outcome ... I bet the architect's face went fifty shades of bright red!
Presumably it was determined that the cause of the fire was reflected sun on the car and pavement, and not an electrical fault in the car itself.

Bikie John
1st May 2016, 10:55 PM
Not the fault of the architect, I gather. He realised that if you have a concave reflecting surface facing the sun you are likely to set fire to things, and designed in features that would stop it happening. Somewhere between the plan and the execution a bean-counter decided to cut costs and those features were among the bits that got left out.

John

Phill D
2nd May 2016, 05:21 AM
It was setting fire and melting the paint on local shops too Mark. I didn't appreciate the bean counter influence John. Another successful cost saving exercise then!!!

Naughty Nigel
2nd May 2016, 10:09 AM
It was setting fire and melting the paint on local shops too Mark. I didn't appreciate the bean counter influence John. Another successful cost saving exercise then!!!

..... And the road surface itself I believe! :eek:

The Jaguar suffered the worst damage, but other cars were damaged to a lesser extent on other days - presumably when the sun was not as bright.

Thankfully the double yellow 'no waiting' lines weren't burnt so council revenue collection wasn't affected. :rolleyes:

Bikie John
2nd May 2016, 10:35 AM
It seems I may have been a bit too kind to the architect. The Wiki entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_Fenchurch_Street has a bit about the "Solar glare problem", saying that the original spec included "horizontal sun louvers" on the south side but they had been removed at some point during the planning process.

He went on to agree with the developers in saying that the sun was too high on the day that caused the problems. "[I] didn't realise it was going to be so hot," he said, suggesting that global warming was at fault. "When I first came to London years ago, it wasn't like this ... Now you have all these sunny days."

Apologies to any bean-counters who may have been offended :)

John

Naughty Nigel
2nd May 2016, 11:30 AM
It seems I may have been a bit too kind to the architect. The Wiki entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_Fenchurch_Street has a bit about the "Solar glare problem", saying that the original spec included "horizontal sun louvers" on the south side but they had been removed at some point during the planning process.

He went on to agree with the developers in saying that the sun was too high on the day that caused the problems. "[I] didn't realise it was going to be so hot," he said, suggesting that global warming was at fault. "When I first came to London years ago, it wasn't like this ... Now you have all these sunny days."
John

I didn't think the position of the sun in the sky had anything to do with global warming? And don't you design buildings for the worst foreseeable conditions? That is how ships are designed; especially passenger vessels.

Apologies to any bean-counters who may have been offended :)

Bean Counters; offended? :confused:

I think they're all too thick skinned for that. :rolleyes:

Bikie John
2nd May 2016, 06:19 PM
I didn't think the position of the sun in the sky had anything to do with global warming? And don't you design buildings for the worst foreseeable conditions? That is how ships are designed; especially passenger vessels.

Exactly. x 2.

John