Government announces redevelopment of State Library Victoria
On 29 April 2015 the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, announced that the Victorian Government will contribute $55.4 million to State Library Victoria’s $83.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment project. The additional $28 million will be raised through philanthropic donations.
The Ian Potter Foundation donates $10 million to restore Queen’s Hall
The 156-year-old Hall will be renamed in honour of Sir Ian Potter as Ian Potter Queen’s Hall. The donation is the largest grant ever made by the Ian Potter Foundation’s education program and the largest donation ever received by the State Library.
Design team appointed
A consortium of internationally celebrated architects has been selected to design the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment. Multi-award winning Australasian design firm Architectus will join forces with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most recognised architectural practices, to transform the iconic building.
Co-design process commences for children and young adult spaces
Working with the Australian and Danish architects, the Library commenced a series of public co-design workshops for the new children and youth spaces. These sessions included activities in the Library for families with babies and pre-school aged children, workshops at primary and secondary schools, and evening sessions with older teens.
$13 million boost to State Library Victoria
A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation will deliver a funding boost of $13 million for Vision 2020 to reinvigorate an historic Melbourne precinct.
The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library. The Victorian Government has also committed an additional $5 million to enhance and activate all entrances to the Library and the surrounding streetscape, which covers the entire city block.