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Flannery & de la Pole shortlisted in Sydney Library comp

The Solihull-based practice is up against 4 Australian practices in a competition to design a new building and public square for Sydney Library

The director of a Solihull-based practice shortlisted to design a new building and public square for Sydney Library has hailed the project as an ‘adventure’.

Flannery & de la Pole was named alongside four Australian companies for the final stage of the Sydney Library contest.

It has seen off competition from 162 eliminated entries to get this far and director Julian Flannery said it was ‘fantastic’ to be shortlisted.

‘We have not worked in Australia before and this would be quite an adventure,’ he said.

The scheme will form part of the £5.1billion Green Square redevelopment, which is expected to grow the area by 40,000 residents and 20,000 workers.

Flannery believes the British entry can go all the way.

‘All the shortlisted schemes have been published and they are all very different,’ he told AJ. ‘There is a wide variety of approaches.’

He added: ‘We have responded very closely to the geometry and constraints of the site.

‘We have a large oversailing roof that creates porches all around the building. There are 25-storey apartment buildings nearby so it is important to give the library scheme presence.’

Flannery & de la Pole is up against Stewart Hollenstein/Colin Stewart Architects from Sydney; JPE Design Studio from Adelaide; John Wardle Architects from Melbourne; and Felix Laboratories from Fremantle.

The finalists will present their schemes in December with a winner to be announced in 2013.


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