Australia’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is seeking an architect to regenerate the State Library of Victoria
Planned to complete in 2020, the £40 million project will restore the historic Queen’s Hall reading room and Russell Street entrance and create 1,000m2 of new public space.
Planned additions will include a roof terrace, exhibition space, café, visitors centre, VIP lounge, children’s reading room and innovation hub.
According to the brief, the project aims to create: ‘A place where all Victorians can discover, learn, create and connect; a cultural and heritage destination for Victorians; and a leader in the discovery of information, enabling the generation of new knowledge and ideas.’
First opened in 1856, the Joseph Reed-designed landmark now holds more than 2 million books.
The library receives around 1.8 million visitors every year and will remain open to the public during the regeneration works.
Submissions will be judged on design quality, functionality, visitor experience, technical excellence and sustainability.
Participating teams must be eligible for registration to practice as an architectural consultant pursuant to the Architects Act Victoria, Australia.
Shortlisted firms will present their schemes in February next year and a winner will be announced in March.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 9 November.
How to apply
Visit the UKTI website to register interest