State Library of Victoria Redevelopment
The SLV project’s restoration and adaptive reuse work has involved 13 adjoining buildings erected on the site between 1856 and 1965. These historic buildings form one of the most significant heritage groups in Australia and are important for having been the principal educational and cultural centre for the people of Victoria over the past 150 years.
Many of these buildings are now well known and culturally significant icons, such as Queen’s Hall designed by Joseph Reed in 1853, significant as the first purpose built, free public library in Australia and one of the first in the world; and the Domed Building designed by NG Peebles & completed in 1913, for its impressively proportioned, high interior space and for the technical construction of its reinforced concrete dome roof which was the largest in the world for its time.
Successive buildings are important as the first homes of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Industrial and Technological Museum and its successor the Museum of Victoria. Of particular significance in AMW’s architectural work, is the interior restoration of the Domed Reading Room, the reinstatement of the glass rooflights to the dome, McCoy Hall and the other major toplit LaTrobe, McArthur & Stawell Gallery spaces.
$ (in 2012):$120m
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