Weaving culture into the design narrative
The Springvale Community Hub and Library is a physical representation of the Greater Dandenong City Council’s efforts to provide a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place for Springvale residents to learn, play and socialise. Commenting on the project Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Jim Memeti said, “The new Springvale Community Hub has been designed as a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and interests can come together, connect and feel welcome. It is a true celebration of culture, diversity and community and will provide a variety of learning, leisure and cultural opportunities in one place.”
We worked with the Greater Dandenong City Council to engage the local community at multiple stages to ensure our design meets its varied needs. The library features new technologies and equipment, flexible community meeting spaces, customer service areas and plentiful parking. A café provides a space to meet and relax, while the Technology Hall gives access to screens and spaces to work and connect. The outdoor spaces are equipped for a variety of recreation uses, community events and social gatherings. They invite community engagement with multi-use courts, playgrounds, extensively landscaped gardens, and an open air, outdoor bathroom that is accessibility and ambulant friendly.