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Caulfield Library

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Monash University | MU12

Built in 1972, the brutalist brick-and concrete form of the original Caulfield Library has been transformed by John Wardle Architects into a light-filled, open structure at the civic heart of its campus setting. New openings on all sides of the four-storey building are designed to respond to the immediate surrounding walk, bridge and courtyard context. Internally a new full-height atrium has been cut through the existing 19-metre span of post-tensioned, concrete beams. As a result natural light is drawn into the building and acts as a navigating device. The upgrade doubles the number of study seats and incorporates a café with frontage to a newly landscaped Queens Walk. Within the refurbished interiors, a series of solid timber portals are located to create subtle demarcations across the broad open floor plate.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Shared spaces, meeting areas, teaching spaces and General Collection section.

  • Tour Type: MU12

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, running for 25 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible, Wheelchair accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2017

  • Website:

  • Transport: Caulfield Station is located directly opposite the campus. Tram Stop 57: Route 3 and 3a and bus routes 624 and 900. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Dianna Snape and Andrew Lloyd


Building A, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Monash University Caulfield campus, VIC


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