Shellharbour City Hub

Like a Landscape


The vision for the Shellharbour City Hub is to provide an open and inviting community building integrated with the new public square.

To support this vision, community uses embrace and activate the new civic square strategically located at the busiest corner of the site.   Also, to enhance the community ownership of this major public facility, the architecture is a subliminal representation of the surrounding landscape.

The public face of the building is represented by the Library addressing College Street and the Civic Square with an undulating roof form.

The taller Council administration building is set back and addresses Cygnet Ave as a separate form. The Auditorium, also a separate form from the south-west, addresses the Civic Square with the Council Chambers set behind and adjacent. Wrapping around the public square is the Community Lobby, a five metre high ‘spine’ linking the Library, Museum, Auditorium Foyer and Council’s Customer Service Desk is designed to function as a community lobby activating the Civic Square. The Auditorium and Council Chambers forms a central element between the Library and the Council Administration building of the Shellharbour City Hub. The building is 7 metres high, with an elevated roof articulating the volume, and has a transparent entry lobby to the Civic Square.

Architects in association: Lacoste  + Stevenson and DesignInc.                                          Location: Cygnet Ave and College Ave, Shellharbour   -34.566223, 150.835559
Date: 2013 – 2017
Construction Budget: $46M
Team: Ian Armstrong, Nishita Bhansali, Richard Does, Katie Fairbrother, Nigel Grayshon,  Thierry Lacoste, Chris Ling,  Shiyi Pan, Tamara prochnick, Kim Saggers,  Jane Sorby, Ari Taha
Landscape architects: Turf Design Studio- Matt Coggan, Mike Horne
Structure and Civil: Enstruct:  Duncan Crook, Brian Healy, William Messervy
ESD, Hydraulic, Fire, Facade, Acoustics: WSP-Ken Bryan, Angeliki Dimitriou, Dean Fraser, Kezia Lloyds, Richard Palmer, Taryn Prouse, Mark Wang
Mechanical, Electrical, Lighting and AV: ARUP:  Jacky Chan, Carter Leung, Thiru Ragupathy, Mark Randle, Janine Sidhom,
Project Manager: Savills: Michael Balangue, Melinda Gee
Quantity Surveyor: WT Patnership: Peter Taylor Hill

Builder: ADCO