Mining library’s architecture reflects industry in design

REFLECTING the mining industry it represents through its architecture is at the heart of a new $20 million building in Adelaide.

The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library will hold 7.5 million metres of drill core samples collected over 130 years of exploration from across South Australia and has the capacity to display up to 2km of cores for inspection on a series of automated conveyor belts in the main viewing area.

Leading practice architectural design and engineering has combined to integrate function with striking form that honours the origins and visual characteristics of drill core.

The building, which opened on February 17, also features conference rooms and a 3D viewing room, which uses virtual reality technology to give geologists a worms-eye view of geology and mineral deposits under the earth’s surface.

The library brings together samples previously stored at four separate drill core libraries spread across South Australia. The vast collection is midway through the shift into the massive storage warehouse at the rear of the building, featuring eight seemingly never-ending aisles that reach to the high ceiling.

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