Frensham Gib Gate Library


  • Education

Mittagong NSW

Winifred West School


This project involved new works and the upgrade of existing facilities at Gib Gate- a K to 6 Junior school and part of the Winifred West Schools group at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.

The works included a new central covered play space and paved area, a covered shelter and BBQ area associated with the sports field, a new pick-up and drop-off shelter, alterations and additions to the preschool, a new library and associated landscaped courtyards and surrounds.

The Library is designed to be the hub of the school and the site location and building design responds to this requirement. The Library entry relates to the main courtyard and central covered play space with an open glazed entry at the western end. Its design responds to views, the adjacent oak tree and more distant views over the oval. A simple weatherboard structure with face brick walls to the lower level, the building’s form, scale and materials relate to the Gib Gate character. Dormer south-light windows give an accent to the roof form similar to other buildings while providing light and air to the building.