It is one of the most satisfying stages of our work when we are able to visit a site and see our designs finally taking shape in the built form. From initial concept, through to the numerous design stages, our ideas and collective ingenuity can take years to become a reality. Shellharbour has been no exception.


We commenced work on Shellharbour back in October 2015, so it was a particularly exciting day last week when our team were able to visit the site and see how this large project was taking shape.

DesignInc Director, Richard Does, along with DesignInc’s Senior Architect, Tom Fletcher, visited the rapidly transforming site with Thierry Lacoste and Dickson Leung from our project partners Lacoste + Stevenson. Together they reviewed progress on the new Shellharbour Civic Hub Project.


The Shellharbour Civic Hub Project is one of our largest projects to date and the team were thrilled with how the building and interiors are taking shape.

We spoke with our very own DesignInc Director, Richard Does, who shared his view on the projects design concept and aesthetic appeal.

“The Library roof is designed like a wave, a big single gesture that connects all of the public areas. The soundscape ceiling system gives us a simple fabric, like sequins that reflect the flow of the roof above. This building design has a bit of everybody in it, yet maintains a unified expression of simplicity. Our team is very proud of how it is shaping up and ADCO are doing a great job.”


Once developed, the new hub building will provide the community with a cultural heart for the Shellharbour City Centre. The project includes a new state of the art Library, Museum, 250-seat Auditorium, Council Administrative Offices, Council Chambers and parking for 170 cars.


DesignInc, in association with Lacoste + Stevenson, were selected from a field of over 20 architectural firms to design the new Shellharbour City Hub Stage 1 Civic and Cultural building for Shellharbour City Council.

Upon completion, we look forward to sharing our Shellharbour Civic Hub project to the community and experience the new state of the art facilities, such as the Library and Museum.