Melton Library

Melton Library & Learning Hub

The new library and learning hub is characterised by a grand public verandah of finely detailed timber opening to the street. The innovative timber construction gives a welcoming warmth to the interiors of this community building which quickly became a landmark for the town identity.
The site located in the old township of Melton housed the outdated 1970’s original municipal library and community hall. The brief was to provide a new contemporary library and community hub for the local community. Featuring a double height reading space, multiple community meeting, theatrette and multi-purpose training spaces, the project has a high environmental agenda and provides a new central civic space for the people of Melton.

Located one street off the main street created a series of challenges to establish a sense of place within the established township of Melton. This coupled with the need for an appropriate identity for an important public building within the community led to a design approach that maximised the street frontage as well as setting the building back off the street to allow for a new public realm to mitigate between the loading docks of the adjoining supermarket and the library entrance.

It is the first library in Australia to achieve a Green Building Council of Australia Green Star Rating. The focus on the timber products within the building was to ensure that greater than 95% of the timber utilised was sourced from sustainable forestry and production processes and all engineered timber was E0 formaldehyde rated.

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