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Architectural
Innovations
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Ballarat Library by
Studio Hollenstein

Project

Ballarat Library by
Studio Hollenstein

A cornerstone of the community, the Ballarat Library recently underwent a stunning redevelopment – and Maxiply plywood is front and centre within the vibrant new children’s space.

Showcasing the versatility of plywood in community projects, the beautiful bookshelves throughout the children’s library were crafted using Maxi Veneer plywood panels. Capturing the natural beauty and richness of timber with the added benefits of durability and ease of installation, Maxi Veneer proved the ideal fit for the space.

Project background

With no major improvements or updates completed for over 30 years, the existing library was looking dated and tired. It needed more facilities and infrastructure to meet the diverse needs of the community. As one of the city’s most eagerly awaited projects, the library’s first major redevelopment and expansion since 1993 was met with excitement from all, including the City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson:

‘This is an incredibly exciting project, one at the heart of our commitment to delivering a better Ballarat, that will transform the old building into a contemporary library and community facility.’

Project Goals and objectives

The project goal was simple: to reimagine the space and bring it up to date with fresh and inviting facilities that entice the community inside to make use of and enjoy everything the library has to offer. Featuring a vast array of versatile and custom-built areas, the new Ballarat Library caters for a huge range of activities and interests. Some of the highlights include the rotunda, library lounge, atrium, co-lab, maker space, coffee cart and, of course, the fabulous children’s library. 

Children’s library steals the show

Showcasing why plywood in libraries is always a winning choice, the shelving in the dedicated children’s space looks stunning from every angle, with the natural beauty of timber contrasting beautifully with the vivid colours of the reading nooks. Further adding to the appeal is the durability and longevity of Maxiply plywood which comes pre-finished with hard wax oil for protection, another reason why plywood in community projects ticks all the boxes. Housing an impressive collection of 17,000 books, the Maxi Veneer plywood shelving has been built to last, safely and securely displaying the junior books for all to explore and enjoy.

Specs: Maxi Veneer – Blackbutt Quarter Cut on Birch, Maxi Veneer – Blackbutt Quarter Cut on MDF, and Maxi Birch.

Talk to us about your upcoming project today

If you have an upcoming project that requires plywood carpentry, walls or ceilings, get in touch with our team today. We’d love to run you through our impressive range of plywood for architects to help you find the perfect fit to bring your space to life.


Project partners

Architect: Studio Hollenstein
Builder: H Troon
Photography: Matt Dunne

Project scope

Maxi Veneer Blackbutt on Birch and MDF Substrate

Completed

March 2024

Location

VIC

Photography by Matt Dunne

Project

Ballarat Library by
Studio Hollenstein

A cornerstone of the community, the Ballarat Library recently underwent a stunning redevelopment – and Maxiply plywood is front and centre within the vibrant new children’s space.

Showcasing the versatility of plywood in community projects, the beautiful bookshelves throughout the children’s library were crafted using Maxi Veneer plywood panels. Capturing the natural beauty and richness of timber with the added benefits of durability and ease of installation, Maxi Veneer proved the ideal fit for the space.

Project background

With no major improvements or updates completed for over 30 years, the existing library was looking dated and tired. It needed more facilities and infrastructure to meet the diverse needs of the community. As one of the city’s most eagerly awaited projects, the library’s first major redevelopment and expansion since 1993 was met with excitement from all, including the City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson:

‘This is an incredibly exciting project, one at the heart of our commitment to delivering a better Ballarat, that will transform the old building into a contemporary library and community facility.’

Project Goals and objectives

The project goal was simple: to reimagine the space and bring it up to date with fresh and inviting facilities that entice the community inside to make use of and enjoy everything the library has to offer. Featuring a vast array of versatile and custom-built areas, the new Ballarat Library caters for a huge range of activities and interests. Some of the highlights include the rotunda, library lounge, atrium, co-lab, maker space, coffee cart and, of course, the fabulous children’s library. 

Children’s library steals the show

Showcasing why plywood in libraries is always a winning choice, the shelving in the dedicated children’s space looks stunning from every angle, with the natural beauty of timber contrasting beautifully with the vivid colours of the reading nooks. Further adding to the appeal is the durability and longevity of Maxiply plywood which comes pre-finished with hard wax oil for protection, another reason why plywood in community projects ticks all the boxes. Housing an impressive collection of 17,000 books, the Maxi Veneer plywood shelving has been built to last, safely and securely displaying the junior books for all to explore and enjoy.

Specs: Maxi Veneer – Blackbutt Quarter Cut on Birch, Maxi Veneer – Blackbutt Quarter Cut on MDF, and Maxi Birch.

Talk to us about your upcoming project today

If you have an upcoming project that requires plywood carpentry, walls or ceilings, get in touch with our team today. We’d love to run you through our impressive range of plywood for architects to help you find the perfect fit to bring your space to life.


Project partners

Architect: Studio Hollenstein
Builder: H Troon
Photography: Matt Dunne

Project scope

Maxi Veneer Blackbutt on Birch and MDF Substrate

Completed

March 2024

Location

VIC

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