Willetton Library Refurbishment


With a limited budget and tight timeline, the challenge was to refresh this local library to provide amenity and serviceability for the community with minimal intervention.

Completed: 2021

Size: 922 m/sq

Awards: AIA WA Chapter Architecture Awards 2022 | Sustainable Architecture Award - Commendation

Filters: Additions & Alterations / Awards / Public / Sustainability

The project is, by its nature, sustainable – extending the life of an outdated and tired building for an additional 5-10 years. A more attractive building with improved facilities = social sustainability.

Retaining as much of the existing structure as practical, the refurbishment re-uses the existing hot water and chiller/boiling water units; LED light fixtures and air conditioning (re-conditioned and extended). The building now meets current Section J with the inclusion of ceiling insulation and new low-e glass in existing aluminum windows. Additional windows increase daylight access limiting the reliance on artificial lighting, reducing glare and opening the interior up to the new low water-use landscape and existing trees.

New elements are bolt fixed so that they can be re-located and re-used in other City of Canning facilities.

Low water use plumbing fixtures exceed the minimum requirements and recyclable materials are used where possible, most notably in the carpet tiles.