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Inside larger heritage building with columns and decorative ceilings
Timber parquetry floor with people studying at open plan desks
Children running through indoor area with timber floors and screening
People walking through large open space inside heritage building with parquetry floors and geometric ceiling
Old building with dark coloured bricks and a large arch window looking through to people sitting at a table inside
Inside larger heritage building with columns and decorative ceilings

State Library Victoria Heritage Architecture

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Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architecture


The State Library Victoria spans a full city block and includes 23 buildings that have evolved over the last 160 years. The 2020 Vision for State Library Victoria redevelopment, designed by Architectus with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, increased public space by 40 percent and seating by 70 percent, and returned the inimitable Ian Potter Queen’s Hall to Victorians after being closed for 15 years.

Architectus is a Major Practice Partner for the Open House Melbourne Weekend.

What's On

Join Architectus Principal Ruth Wilson and Heritage Architect Arthur Andronas on a heritage tour of State Library Victoria – one of Melbourne’s most loved institutions and one of the most visited libraries in the world. Learn about the revitalisation of the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall along with other heritage-listed spaces within the redeveloped Swanston Street landmark. Participants will be able to view the original designs and sketches of the library, and hear about how these drawings were referenced in the award-winning 2020 redevelopment.

Images: (1-4) State Library Victoria. Photos: Trevor Mein. (5) State Library Victoria. Photo: Brett Boardman. (6) State Library Victoria. Photo: Trevor Mein. (7) State Library Victoria. Photos: Trevor Mein.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Tours run 11.30am + 1pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 13

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet in Hansen Hall. Enter via Mr Tulk cafe, 192 La Trobe St.

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Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby


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