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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

Australia Architecture News - Mar 7, 2019 - 01:23   1987 views

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

Danish architecture practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architectshas unveiled design for the transformation of the Curtin University's library in Perth, Australia. 

The TL Robertson Library at Curtin University in Perth is an iconic brutalist structure that welcomes two million visits annually and the building will get a $60 million overhaul including a large atrium and auditorium-style study stairs as part of plans to modernise the building in time for its 50th anniversary.

For the refurbishment, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects will collaborate with Australia-based architecture firm Hames Sharley. The library building was originally built in 1972, and designed with little natural daylight in order to protect the thousands of books and other physical materials in its collection. 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

Schmidt Hammer Lassen aims to create a "living library" by opening up new pathways for visual and physical connectivity throughout the building site, while bringing natural light into the space. The new open, light-filled scheme will support knowledge sharing and connection, and ensure the library meets the needs of future users.

"We were driven by three core principles when designing TL Robertson Library: openness, access and well-being," said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt. 

"The redevelopment complements the building’s original features with bold, contemporary architectural interventions that focus on warm, natural materiality, and contrast the current structure with open lightness."

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

The firm has release a few images showing how the new design scheme is adapted to the original version of the building, which includes  the design of copper-clad facade and fully glass large atrium. 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

The new features include a large atrium in the centre of the building with auditorium-style study stairs connecting the second and third levels as well as new flexible teaching spaces. The refurbishment aims to address ageing infrastructure and enhance the experience for students.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to transform Curtin University's iconic Library in Australia

The TL Robertson Library, Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s second library project in Australia. Construction work is expected to start later this year and will be staged to ensure the library remains open throughout all stages of works. The TL Robertson Library is planned to be opened in its 50th anniversary in 2022.

All images courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

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