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State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners
State Library Victoria, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects  | International Design Awards Winners

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.

Bio

Schmidt Hammer Lassen is a Danish architecture firm with offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Shanghai. SHL's design approach is rooted in the studio's DNA as a multicultural collective that works globally but has an inherent Scandinavian legacy. The tradition of human-centric architecture with social and environmental sustainability is ingrained in the work.

With over 30 years of experience, SHL is one of Scandinavia's most recognised and award-winning architectural practices. In 2018, the studio became part of global architecture firm Perkins&Will.