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State Library Victoria

CompanySchmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Lead DesignersSchmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Design TeamSchmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Architectus, Andronas Conservation Architects, Irwinconsult (now part of WDP), Steensen Varming, Arup
Project LocationMelbourne, Australia
ClientState Library Victoria
CreditsPhotos by Trevor Mein and Brett Boardman
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Project LinkView
Entry Description

Vision 2020 redevelopment transformed State Library Victoria, Australia's oldest and busiest public library. At the heart of the refurbishment were the incomparable spaces through a contemporary and consistent architectural narrative reinventing the building’s services, expanding its community outreach and enhancing the visitor’s experience. The project created 40% of additional public space and increased seating by 70%. By studying its history and understanding its importance, we worked with an approach based on seeking authenticity and discovery, letting the heritage stand in its raw beauty.