What should replace the Stirling Rotunda?

The rotunda in Stirling was recently damaged in a vehicle accident, and subsequently had to be demolished. Council is now seeking design ideas and community input into what a new replacement facility might be.

Background

The rotunda located on the Stirling Library lawns was damaged in a car accident on 6 August 2018 and due to the significance of the damage, was required to be demolished.

The rotunda was built by the Stirling Apex Club as a Centenary of Federation project in 2001.

Community groups have been instrumental in the initial build of the rotunda and its dedication as a memorial as well as ongoing maintenance of the rotunda. The Stirling Library lawn is a very popular space with the community for passive recreation and events. With increasing demand on this space for events, it is a good time to review how the space is used and what facilities would best support the continued use by the community.

Early engagement

Current conversations have highlighted the following for consideration:

  • Accommodate for the growing / changing role of the library and include greater connection and integration of design between the inside and the outside.
  • Ensure the facility has power and WiFi access points.
  • Potential functionality for musical performances and presentations.
  • Include a functional ‘backdrop’ for a stage/amphitheater while also allowing an open line of sight across the space for traffic travelling in from Aldgate and driving through Stirling.
  • A multi-purpose facility, with it being less of a rotunda and more an amphitheater
  • Creatively include any new protection measures that need to be installed (i.e. ‘artistic’ bollards / Stirling Spheres).
  • Location/placement to accommodate current and future use for events and activities (eg Fringe Events, Markets)
  • Retain as much green space as possible and keep the open feel
  • Recognition that the site gets a very large number of post school youth utilisation.

Get Involved

Initial public consultation has now closed and the first design concepts are being drafted informed by your responses. Once the Council has reviewed the draft concepts, the final designs will again open for public consultation.


The rotunda in Stirling was recently damaged in a vehicle accident, and subsequently had to be demolished. Council is now seeking design ideas and community input into what a new replacement facility might be.

Background

The rotunda located on the Stirling Library lawns was damaged in a car accident on 6 August 2018 and due to the significance of the damage, was required to be demolished.

The rotunda was built by the Stirling Apex Club as a Centenary of Federation project in 2001.

Community groups have been instrumental in the initial build of the rotunda and its dedication as a memorial as well as ongoing maintenance of the rotunda. The Stirling Library lawn is a very popular space with the community for passive recreation and events. With increasing demand on this space for events, it is a good time to review how the space is used and what facilities would best support the continued use by the community.

Early engagement

Current conversations have highlighted the following for consideration:

  • Accommodate for the growing / changing role of the library and include greater connection and integration of design between the inside and the outside.
  • Ensure the facility has power and WiFi access points.
  • Potential functionality for musical performances and presentations.
  • Include a functional ‘backdrop’ for a stage/amphitheater while also allowing an open line of sight across the space for traffic travelling in from Aldgate and driving through Stirling.
  • A multi-purpose facility, with it being less of a rotunda and more an amphitheater
  • Creatively include any new protection measures that need to be installed (i.e. ‘artistic’ bollards / Stirling Spheres).
  • Location/placement to accommodate current and future use for events and activities (eg Fringe Events, Markets)
  • Retain as much green space as possible and keep the open feel
  • Recognition that the site gets a very large number of post school youth utilisation.

Get Involved

Initial public consultation has now closed and the first design concepts are being drafted informed by your responses. Once the Council has reviewed the draft concepts, the final designs will again open for public consultation.


Do you have an idea or comment about designing a new community facility to replace the Rotunda? Share your ideas and comments below.
The initial public consultation has concluded.

I would like a rotunda built to replace the one damaged in the vehicle accident. It is a very popular part of the Library lawn area and is a great advantage for the community and visitors.

Margaret Nichols 3 months ago

The Library Lawns are considerably more versatile and accessible without the presence of the Rotunda.
The Rotunda did not work effectively acoustically, and did not contribute positively to the aesthetic of the area. I appreciate there may be some sentimental attachment to it amongst some members of the local community, however it was not architecturally significant nor useful as an actual 'rotunda' (as in a public performance area).
The services that it contained were the most useful assets (access to power etc for events), and these can easily be relocated elsewhere to provide for improved community use throughout the open space.
I would strongly support AHC not re-invest in a similar structure in that location.

If creativity 3 months ago

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If creativity 3 months ago

Hello,
another rotunda/stage would be great, my family had been using the last one for shade for years and have found memories that we would like to share with the grandchildren.

Kind regards,

Leah smith

Leah 3 months ago

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Jampot 3 months ago

Please replace the Rotunda as it was. It was sited harmoniously within the surrounding lawns and trees without overpowering the space and was very well used by locals and visitors.

Jampot 3 months ago

Replace the rotunda as it was. It was well used.

Pam 3 months ago

I would like to see the rotunda replaced as it was. It was well used.

Pam 3 months ago

Another rotunda. Failing that, grass would be good

Bill 3 months ago

The demolished rotunda should be replaced with another of similar size & design but incorporating the latest technology i.e. power, lighting, p.a. system etc. We believe that anything other than a rotunda e.g. an amphitheatre, would be inappropriate as it would further reduce the lawn area & be detrimental to the aesthetics of our beautiful library. Suggestions for roofed structures are inappropriate because they would block the view of the library & destroy the feeling of openness of the lawn area as well as impacting on the open line of sight across the space. We do not need further structures on this piece of lovely green open space. Please re-build the rotunda!!

R & L of Stirling 3 months ago

I would like to see it replaced with a similar-sized rotunda, styled in keeping with the surroundings but not necessarily a copy. As well as a meeting place for the general public it could be used for presentation of small group events, such as music performances, plays, readings or even ceremonies. For this purpose some sort of removable backdrop on the road side would aid the acoustics for listeners on the lawn in front.

Morrell 3 months ago

Krispy Kream

Blake 3 months ago

This opens up a great opportunity for a perfect outdoor performance space, as there is currently nowhere in Stirling or locally designed specifically for this purpose.
I can picture a more open sided, single level floor space of dimensions large enough to accommodate a large choir/cast/band. When not being used officially for performance you bet kids will do cartwheels across it.
Not only is Stirling already a destination of choice for people coming up from the city for the markets and cafes, but it is increasingly involved in festival events. Having a high quality performance space would be great and shouldn't 'take away' from much green space.

Allye 3 months ago

I loved the traditional rotunda and would like to see a replica in about the same location with shade, seating, steps and with lots of wrought iron, maybe from local metal artists and maybe with a quirky modern twist on the antique, although I think it should have a similar historical theme and include a plaque with photo and history of the original. It would serve small gatherings and be a stage for small bands, orchestral groups and choirs. I definitely don't want to see a larger modern amphitheater or other permanent stage area that restricts the use of the lawns for gatherings and picnics and which might be a focus for skateboarders and graffiti.

JeanC 3 months ago

A 50m telco tower seems appropriate. As the Council doesn't care where they go.

Not Happy 3 months ago

It would be such a jewel in the adelaide Hills crown to have a WADING POOL (similar to the one in Tismore Park) .. bringing the beach to the hills and having yet another activity for families of the hills.

Christine_F 3 months ago

Hi,
I would like to see a rotunda of similar size and location to replace exactly the one we lost.
It was well used by community members and especially at events like the Fringe. Whereas an amphitheater limits the size of the audience.
Thx
Cr Kirrilee Boyd

Kirrilee 3 months ago

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Sonya 3 months ago

Replace rotunda with small playground.

Eva G 3 months ago

I would like to see another rotunda, preferably of a graceful and elegant design, not something modern. We already have a piece of modern sculpture outside the library, and I find it ugly, as do many people I've discussed it with. So I'm dubious about a modern design for a rotunda. The idea of bollards strikes me as unnecessary. I know a car hit the old rotunda, and I'm just glad there were no people in the car's path when it happened. If any bollards are considered, perhaps they should ensure cars can't plough into people on the lawns, rather than just protecting the rotunda.

DJ 3 months ago