Architect wanted for State Library of Victoria redevelopment

Major Projects Victoria is inviting expressions of interest from architects for an $83 million redevelopment of the State Library of Victoria.

The project involves the redevelopment and expansion of the library’s public spaces to create a more accessible and adaptable facility. The dome galleries are to be transformed into open access collection spaces and the Russell Street entrance will be re-opened.

The historic Queens Hall, the oldest part of the library and the original heritage reading room also requires a restoration so it can be re-opened to the public.

The project aims to enable greater visitor numbers to the library, with new learning and play spaces for children and families and a new innovation hub and digital media centre with technologically enhanced spaces to foster entrepreneurship.

Major Projects Victoria is seeking a design team with expertise in sensitive and considered refurbishment of significant heritage buildings. A successful design team would also be selected on its knowledge of the latest innovations in library facilities and major cultural institutions and ability to manage the refurbishment of the library while it is continuously operating.

Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced plans to redevelop the State Library of Victoria in the May 2015. Expressions of interest documents are available on the Tenders Victoria website.

The State Library of Victoria was previously refurbished by Ancher Mortlock Woolley between 1990 and 2004 when the glass dome was restored.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2020.

More news

See all
251 Wickham Street by Bureau Proberts. ‘A new type of office building’ for Brisbane's Fortitude Valley

Bureau Proberts’s design for a 28-storey Brisbane tower is intended to provide a “striking alternative” to the surrounding commercial buildings of the CBD and the …

Perth Concert Hall by Howlett and Bailey Architects. ‘Beautifully poured’ brutalist Perth concert hall to be redeveloped

The Western Australian government has pledged $30 million to redevelop the brutalist Perth Concert Hall.

South West TAFE Warrnambool learning and library hub, designed by Kosloff Architecture. ‘An iconic building’ proposed for regional Victorian town

Kosloff Architecture has designed multi-storey, highly transparent learning facility for the south-west Victorian town of Warrnambool.

A grand stair inside 5 Parramatta Square by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture with  Designinc and Lacoste and Stevenson. New vision of Parramatta Square civic hub

5 Parramatta is designed by French practice Manuelle Gautrand Architecture with Designinc and Lacoste and Stevenson

Most read

Latest on site