The government for the state of Victoria in Australia announced that they have selected four design teams for their shortlist on the State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Program. The aim of this project, which will use $83.1 million in government funding and philanthropic donations, is to revitalize the 1854 public library, located in Melbourne. The State Library of Victoria is considered the oldest public library in the entire continent of Australia, and houses over 2 million books.
Areas that will receive redevelopments include the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, reopening the library’s Russell Street entrance, an integration of an e-Town Hall, and new space for early learning with a focus on digital literacy and entrepreneurship.
The architects leading the teams include Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Australia- and New Zealand-based Architectus; Australian firm Ashton Raggat McDougall; Conrad Gargett/Lyons, in Australia; and international office Hassell.
These firms were chosen on the basis of having prior experience to similar projects and a realized practice of working on historic buildings. The winner of the competition will be announced in March 2016, and are slated to start construction in 2017.
Learn more about this project on State Library Victoria's page.
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