Growing up in Albury in the 1980s, I was immersed in an architectural landscape consisting of a few federation buildings, 1970s tract housing and a really, really long railway station. It took a vivid imagination, a stack of old magazines, and hours trawling architecture books from the local – and, it should be said, poorly-designed – library for a kid to garner architectural inspiration.
The LibraryMuseum’s architecture references that same really, really long railway station, as well as local bridge and building design, and the region’s natural features of rivers and trees. It aims to be the “city’s living room”, and what a stunning living room it has become.
I’ve admired ARM’s work since first laying eyes on Storey Hall as a wide-eyed 15 year old on my first solo trip to Melbourne, and now they have made their mark in my home town. Hopefully, with this striking addition, children growing up in Albury today will find inspiration a little closer to home.