Hatch Some Ideas At This New Birds Nest Inspired Library In Sydney

  • All Ages

By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Nov 27, 2018

Book lovers and bird watchers alike will be in awe of the new library currently being built at Darling Square. Wrapped in over 23km of recycled timber, the library is four times the size of the one nearby in Haymarket. Looking like a huge bird's nest, you won't be able to miss it. Although some are saying it's more like a ribbon wrapped present.. or a meringue... we say let the kids decide when they see it! 

As well as the library, within the seven-storey high Exchange you'll find a market hall, a child care centre, Chinese restaurant Golden Century on the mezzanine level and a rooftop bar overlooking the CBD skyline, Tumbalong Park, the Chinese Gardens and Cockle Bay. We hear Cake god Andy Bowdy will be bringing his Saga cake shop, there'll be a Sonoma bakery, Japanese-Vietnamese snacks from Mr. Bao, and Marrickville’s Bucket Boys to quench your thirst. 

The building is expected to open mid next year, at the site of the former Entertainment Centre at Chinatown. 

Let's Hit The Books

The new City of Sydney library will feature a collection of over 30,000 items, a dedicated children’s area and plenty of space to read, work or study. There's an Asian literature collection and daily newspapers in multiple languages available.

With free WiFi throughout, the library will be an ideal destination to work or study. There will also be lots of cool things for tech-lovers such as 3D printers, a soldering iron and a laser cutter. 

The Ideas Lab (within the library) will host hands-on workshops for kids, teens and adults, from coding, robotics and virtual reality to school holiday maker sessions. These workshops will give anyone interested the opportunity to create and learn using the equipment.

Designed by world-renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, we can't wait to check it out! 

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Artist impressions supplied by City of Sydney.
 

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