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Pictured: The Ian Potter Queens Hall, State Library Victoria by Patrick Rodriguez
The State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project has been awarded not one, but three, Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards - in the categories of Heritage, Public Architecture, and the acclaimed Melbourne Prize.

Victorian Architecture Awards chair of juries, Ingrid Bakker, says that the project’s redevelopment leads the way with its contribution to the public and the treatment of heritage buildings.

“Projects such as the State Library offer a major benefit to Melburnians and the way it has been brought back to life is a real gift to the city,” she says.

“This landmark is something that can be enjoyed for generations to come and is an exemplar of the enhancement of existing buildings. It demonstrates the important consideration that needs to be championed by clients, architects, consultants and contractors in understanding the projects inherent value and impact of that building will have over time.”

The $88.1 million transformation of the State Library Victoria was unveiled in December 2019, with a focus on the changing needs of the Library’s community by providing new spaces, services and better access to knowledge whilst respecting and celebrating the iconic site’s unique history and heritage spaces.

“These awards are a well-deserved recognition of the wonderful design and delivery teams work, but also a major achievement for the whole project team involved in delivering the State Library Vision 2020 redevelopment,” said Development Victoria’s Acting Group Head of Civic Infrastructure, Hannah Clement.  

Congratulations to the design team led by Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, our project team and our project partners State Library Victoria and Creative Victoria.

For more information, including the full list of winners, click here  

Updated on 13 May 2024