1968 Dickson Library
The ‘free’ design of the complex demonstrates an important development in architectural style in the 1960's by contrast with the more rationalist architecture in Canberra at that time. The library was awarded the RAIA ACT Chapter Twenty Five Year Award in 1995. The original interior design was significant; it provided an open plan solution, with a central mezzanine level articulating areas for children, adults and display.
Excerpt Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture n* R054
A place where grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, can emotionally realize and enjoy the qualities of grouped individuals and deepen the reliance on research for choices that once appeared to arise only in market places.
photos : Harry Sowden © et
client: National Capital Development Commission for Department of the Interior
engineers: K. Sellick
mechanical engineers: Jewell & partners
quantity surveyors: Rider Hunt & Partners
builder: A.V. Jennings