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State Library 328 Swanston Street,
Melbourne

The Victorian State Government is seeking to extend the existing city library along the Swanston Street frontage to create a functional, interactive and contemporary section of the library for citizens and visitors.

CHALLENGE

The combined effect of the spectacularly maintained library building and the heritage listing of the site meant that a very measured and considered design was required so the value of the old building would not be eclipsed by the modern addition.

SOLUTION

The extensive use of glass throughout the extension assisted with softening the visibility of the proposal. Our team identified physical separation between the established and new buildings as critical to respecting the heritage significance of the place. Connection between the two elements is via footbridges that are strategically designed to sit behind the façade of the old library building.

date of completion
Scheduled June 2023
Council
City of Melbourne
Builder
Hacer
Architect
Design Inc

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