"The weathered steel facade echoes the core drilling industry in another way too. As the name suggests, the steel weathers and changes, oxidising to a rich red rust colour. In some areas, this metal is allowed to leach into the complementary concrete panel cladding reminiscent of how minerals leach into rock underground."
Seen from the public entry side, the building's ground floor is clad in glass, with two levels of the oxidised weathering steel rising above that.
"The ground and first floor are taken up by two levels of administration, exhibition and conference rooms looking onto the generous, double-height public viewing room," says Thomson. "The upper floor is half plant and half hidden sawtooth roof, the latter hidden away behind the metal cladding.
Inside, eight extended corridors of core sample racks reach up to the ceiling, taking up four fifths of the building. However, the feel at the core library is very far from a warehouse storage facility.
"Much like with grand libraries of ancient times, we wanted the process of arriving at the formal entrance and then moving forward into the double-height core viewing room to be almost a ceremonial experience in itself," says Thomson.
A requirement for the viewing room, or Discovery Room as it's called, was plenty of natural light which is where the sawtooth roof comes in.