Melton Library and Learning Hub
Architect: FJMT 2013
Further Afield | F02
The Melton Library and Learning Hub was the first library in Australia to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. It uses 52 per cent less electricity, 60 per cent less gas, 82 per cent less water, and represents a reduction of 45 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions than standard buildings of its kind.
At 3,500 square metres across two light-filled levels, the building is more than four times the size of the original library it replaced, catering to a growing population in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Opened in 2013, this multi-award-winning civic building filters storm water discharge, uses no ozone depleting insulation, and includes drought-tolerant indigenous landscaping and a specially designed children's area and sensory garden. Timber features prominently throughout the building, sourced from recycled and renewable materials.
The building is an integrated facility, incorporating library services, children's health services, learning spaces and a café.
Library staff will run regular tours, providing insight into the building, as well as showcasing unique aspects such as its recording studio, its sustainable features, and the artwork throughout the building.
Sunday 28 July 12pm
Join Leigh, Coordinator Strategic Portfolio at Melton City Council, in conversation with FJMT Principal Architect Geoff, for our feature architect and client design talk. This will be followed by a walkthrough of the library.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–3.45pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided
Tour Details: Staff led tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm (SAT only), 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, running 30 minutes in groups of 20. Architect talk at 12pm Sunday.
Access: Fully accessible, all ages
Notes: Toilets available, refreshments available
Kids Activity: A special Storytime will be held in the children’s area from 11am on Saturday.
Building Type: Education
Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Melton City Council
31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337, Melton VIC