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Designs for State Library Victoria revamp

Designs for State Library Victoria revamp

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architects have created a new contemporary design for the State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia as part of its $88.1m redevelopment plan, Vision 2020.

As the oldest and busiest public library in Australia, attracting 1.9m visitors and more than four million online users each year, State Library Victoria is a celebrated cultural institution in Melbourne.

The architectural design concept provides an open, accessible and welcoming experience for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Input and feedback from children, teens and their families have helped the design team to understand the future user needs.

The plan will return 40 per cent space more space to public use, transforming the library to meet current and future needs. New and engaging spaces for children, families and youth will be created to nurture creative learning, literacy and play. The design also includes new technology-enabled spaces for entrepreneurship and innovation to support and stimulate the creative economy.

“Our goal is to create spaces that foster learning, exploration and innovation, expanding the Library’s reach and relevance and transforming this popular landmark into a true urban hub - a place where people in Melbourne naturally gravitate to in order to engage, learn, socialize and be inspired,” says Morten Schmidt, founding partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Construction starts in 2017 and is expected to conclude in 2020.

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