Size/ 13,532 m²
Competition/ 2016, winner of tender, international competition
Status/ Completed 2019
Client/ State Library Victoria (SLV)
Architects in association/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects/ Architectus
Consultants/ Andronas Conservation Architects/ Irwinconsult/ Steensen Varming/ Arup/ McKenzie Group Consulting/ Salus/ ID Lab
Photo/ Trevor Mein/ Brett Boardman
State Library Victoria, Australia’s oldest and largest public library has officially reopened its doors to the public, revealing an extensively transformed library. The newly designed spaces are part of a five-year redevelopment plan aimed at expanding the library’s community outreach and enhancing the visitor experience. Working in partnership, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus were tasked with rethinking and revitalising the existing spaces of the library in order to unlock possibilities, create connections, and provide a framework for the library’s ongoing and future evolution.