Kukame McPierzie

Studio Project:

Are libraries still relevant?

This will be a design-focussed studio where you will develop a concept proposal for a new converged library and cultural centre in Perth. Through your architectural proposition you will explore ideas about the role of the library in the digital age.

Your site is located between the Garden City Shopping Centre and Wireless Hill in the southern Perth suburb of Booragoon. The functional program will include a library, cafe, museum, gallery and theatre, as well as commercial, incubator and community spaces.

Your design response will be underpinned by research. You will draw on current case studies, research papers, publications, national and international precedent and debate to inform your proposal.

Through your enquiry you will explore the contemporary shift in library design from collection-centred spaces to user-centred spaces. In his book, The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg coined the term ‘Third Places’, describing informal gathering places where people in a particular community or neighbourhood meet to develop friendships, discuss issues, and interact and network with others. Third places are crucial to a community for a number of reasons including:

  • They are distinctive informal gathering places.
  • They help create a sense of place and community.
  • They encourage sociability instead of isolation.
  • They invoke a sense of civic pride.
  • They provide numerous opportunities for serendipity.

How might your library become a ‘third place’ for the community of Booragoon?

Thursday 5pm-8pm


Kukame McPierzie

Kukame is Design Director at Gresley Abas Architects. He has successfully led master planning, urban design, and public architecture projects from initial client meeting to delivery.

Kukame’s approach is holistic and outcomes-based and is underpinned by his capacity for  listening and creative thinking. He has a particular interest in the public realm and the transformative potential of good design.

Kukame is a registered architect in both Western Australia and Victoria. He actively contributes to the profession through talks, exhibitions and publications and has taught at UWA, Curtin University and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). He sits on the Association of Consulting Architects WA Committee and is a juror for the AIA Architecture Awards.

Prior to joining Gresley Abas, Kukame worked with ARM Architecture in both their Melbourne and Perth studios and played significant roles on several of ARM’s high-profile national projects including Elizabeth Quay in Perth, the Barak Building in Melbourne, and the Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct.

Before he became an architect, Kukame enjoyed a career in theatre production and lighting design.

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