TL Robertson Library’s 50th anniversary to be celebrated with a state-of-the-art upgrade
Gone are the days where libraries need to be kept as dark as possible to protect their collections. Thanks to an innovative architectural approach, Perth’s TL Robertson Library will see an influx of natural light for the first time in 50 years.
Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have partnered with Australia’s own Hames Sharley to deliver an extensive transformation of Curtin University’s pivotal campus landmark. The original design of the six-storey brutalist structure will be preserved yet revitalised, using modern building techniques, new technology, vertical line and the introduction of more open collaborative spaces.
“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.”
- Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
As a building which sees over 2 million visitors annually, it was important to create a comfortable, accessible and open space for students, faculty and Perth’s wider community – as Schmidt Hammer Lassen put it, a “living library”. The creation of multiple entrance points will provide more public access, cultivate inclusive outdoor areas and landscaping opportunities to enhance the outdoor environment of the university.
Inside the library, a grand atrium will connect the multiple levels, providing a sense of openness and allowing natural light to filter through. New features will also include a makerspace, events location and teaching areas.
Over the last year, students at Curtin University have been contributing ideas to the project team up until the design was finalised. This will be the second library project for Schmidt Hammer Lassen following their work in tandem with Architectus on the renovation of the State Library of Victoria.
The library will remain open for students throughout construction and the new zones will be opened incrementally, with final completion by 2020.
NEW ADDITIONS TO TL ROBERTSON LIBRARY:
- 2000 square metres of extra floor space
- A central atrium with auditorium-style study stairs connecting Levels 2 & 3
- Student kitchen (accessible 24/7)
- Accessible entranceways
- Versatile teaching spaces