The State Library Victoria is being transformed through the $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment project. Major heritage conservation and restoration work is ensuring this iconic building remains true to its rich history and character as Australia’s oldest and busiest public library. Incorporating the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and a new world-class exhibition space in The Victoria Gallery, the project design works to reconfigure and better align library spaces and their functions, enhancing the Libraries’ ability to cater for the needs of the communities and people it serves.
Working within an existing heritage building requires sensitivity and understanding of the original form. Within these parameters Irwinconsult are providing engineering services including Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Safety, Fire Services and Hydraulics as part of the Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen team. Works include major service upgrades, improvements to universal access points and a Mechanical Bauer System in The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall which allows the number of HVAC grilles on display to be significantly reduced, allowing the space to not only be modernised but stay true to the original 1800’s design.
Renders courtesy of Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen
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