The Queencliffe Community Hub aimed to revitalize Hesse Street by providing accessible, inviting, and relaxing spaces for people of all ages. It brings together the Queenscliffe Library, Visitor Information Centre and Queenscliffe Historic Museum, improving and supporting their mutual interests. This facility prioritises environmental sustainability, flexibility, and functionality, seamlessly integrating heritage elements. The façade a ‘cabinet of curiosity’, of discovery and play formed the design direction with an additional interactive dimension to the street and park.
The Queencliffe Community Hub street presence is engaging and enticing, the landscaped public space enhances the overall experience. It seamlessly connects interior and exterior spaces, with the museum’s narrative woven throughout the entire site. This design includes engaging structures and landscapes for children’s play and learning, extending to the rear lane for site-wide activation.
The existing Library building is heritage listed and has retained its a prominent street presence and universal ingress to the Hub. Furthermore, the project incorporates significant trees and heritage buildings, ensuring a harmonious blend of old and new.
The Hub is an active community centre, not only providing information, but a place for understanding, community building and engagement.