Faith Lutheran College's award winning library
IF YOU think libraries are dull and quiet institutions, then Faith Lutheran College's magnificent new facility will make you think again.
It is not just staff and students who love the big, bright and airy state-of-the-art facility, the design industry admires it too.
On Friday night, the Fulton Trotter Architects designed-building was honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects' 2014 Darling Downs/West Moreton Regional Architecture Awards in Toowoomba as it took home the award for Building of the Year.
School principal Janelle Anderson said the one-year-old building was a lot more than just a place for a collection of books.
"We call it an information hub. It is right in the centre of the school and allows for extensions to the east," Ms Anderson said.
"It is a great collaborative space for students."
Ms Anderson said the facility contained two teaching spaces, a senior study area and an administration area.
Librarian Maria Turner said the library was a great open-plan cultural space for chess players, researchers and theatre groups.
Nick Pinnell, a Year 12 student who also assists with information technology at the campus, said students enjoyed using the library.
"It's really inviting and has a lot more space," he said.
The architecture awards jury agrees, saying the library created a much- needed focal point for the school.
"A multi-functional space has been added that connects to the rural landscape and creates a valuable and engaging covered gathering space," the jury said.