The major redevelopment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library has transformed an essential, but tired, facility into a vibrant and engaging learning-research environment for students and academics, and an enhanced and more efficient workplace for staff.

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Project Name: Sir Louis Matheson Library
Studio Name:
Cox Architecture
Project size: 12000 m2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 3
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photography: Dianna Snape

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Atrium ©Dianna Snape

With an increased student capacity and a rich array of formal and informal learning settings, the Library invites visitors on a journey of discovery and delight within an environment showcasing unique historic items and fine art pieces.

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Seating Space ©Dianna Snape

Functionally, the redevelopment broadens the Library’s appeal for students, researchers and external guests, providing improved services, user comfort and wayfinding. The needs of contemporary students are met through a suite of settings catering for individual, quiet study as well as group-based, active learning complemented by the seamless, subtle integration of modern technologies.

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Information Desks ©Dianna Snape

With an enhanced entrance, complemented by a new café, the Library is now the reinvigorated academic and emotional heart of the Monash University Clayton campus.

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