Five star research and studies

Do you remember where you did your studies for exams during your university days? In the park, where you would have jumped in the river rather than study? Or in your shared flat, while the others were partying? And where did you get your books from? Do you remember what you liked about your library, back then? Was it the kind of place you could have stayed for hours or even the whole day? Not at all? Then read on…

High Academic Ranking of World Universities

Macquarie University is an Australian public teaching and research university in Macquarie Park, New South Wales. It is ranked in the 8th-9th in Australia in the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. It is the fourth largest university in Sydney. At present, it offers 87 undergraduate courses and 124 different postgraduate courses to students.

A new library as a 21st century learning environment

In 2002, plans for a new 63 million euro state-of-the-art library were drawn up. With aspirations to develop the new library building as a 21st century learning environment, sustainability was at the forefront of the design brief. The facility is unmatched by any other academic library in Australia and is compatible with a collaborative approach to learning and research.

Architectural concrete

With the need to define the site and its spatial zones a solution was required that would satisfy the design principles. The Macquarie University Library complex is a classic example of how concrete can be used to enhance the architectural appearance of a building.

Balance of color

Sika Architectural Concrete from Sika Australia was utilized to achieve the balance of color required to create a bold and comforting area for visitors to the University. Sika ColorFlo® liquid concrete pigments were incorporated into the concrete mix, particularly for the walls and pathways to give the spaces an architectural appeal.

Macquarie University Library becomes a landmark

One of the most interesting applications of Sika Architectural Concrete is the full-height precast panel screen walls used along the northern facade of the podium, incorporating a framed glass balustrade above a metal louver screen. The new Macquarie University Library is a remarkable building, inspired by the bushland environment of North West Sydney, where the campus is located.

I am certain that each and every one of us would have wished that our faculty had access to a library such as this. Perhaps learning would have been a little bit more exciting and enjoyable.