A tale of two Sydneys

Coincidentally, plans have been revealed for the new civic centre and library in Sydney, Australia and options for the library in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

18 March 2016

The building in Sydney's Darling Harbour has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, a wood-clad cylindrical concept that will house the civic centre, a library, childcare centre, market hall and rooftop bar and restaurant.

It will also host a 'makerspace' to support innovation, creativity and technology startups.

The plan is part of a larger redevelopment that is expected to create housing for 4,200 residents, 2,500 jobs, and attract visitors to the area. An eight-metre-wide lane will improve pedestrian links between Darling Square and the city's Chinatown.

For more information and images follow the link to Dezeen Magazine opposite.

New library complex for Sydney, Nova Scotia

An updated report commissioned by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality shows three options:

  1. A stand-alone building on the waterfront.
  2. A shared space in a new province-owned facility on the waterfront, which could also house the Marconi campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
  3. Repurposing the abandoned Target store in the former Sydney Shopping Centre.

A decision is not expected until the end of 2017.

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