Mitcham Memorial Library Redevelopment

Libraries are rapidly evolving from spaces of collection to places of connection. The Mitcham Memorial Library Redevelopment embodies this progress with the revitalisation of an aged and constrained library building into a vibrant facility embracing the digital information era and community engagement.

The redevelopment transforms the library into a place for residents, local businesses and the wider community to come together. The existing building was substantially refurbished and extended (doubling in size from 750m² to almost 1,500m² to open up new opportunities for community recreation, learning and collaboration. The renovation creates meeting places, quiet zones and training rooms plus dedicated children's, youth and technology areas.

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Visitors are welcome to linger and help themselves to a tea or coffee while reading, browsing the collection or accessing resources. A gallery, public kitchenette, parents' room, multiple casual lounge areas and adjacent green spaces encourage visitors to stay for the day to read, work, play or relax.

Previously centred around a collection/borrowing model, Mitcham Memorial Library has evolved with a focus on access and engagement. Providing classes, events and activities for people of all ages; the library facilitates sharing community skills and cross-generational knowledge.

Located at a gateway to Mitcham’s Brownhill Creek reserve, the library design engages with the natural parkland setting and neighbouring community and facilities. The $6M project was integrated with the significant Brownhill Creek Development Works, taking advantage of the opportunity for holistic design through landscape, urban design, architecture and interiors. Flexible meeting rooms extend onto the large deck which overlooks the creek, extending their use into evening functions and community events. The modern, warm, and welcoming facility embraces the beautiful outdoor setting alongside Brownhill Creek.

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We absolutely adore the extra space and the light and the energy around the kids' area. The community has really embraced the library.

Gail Mauger, Team Leader, Mitcham Memorial Library
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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Richard Does

DirectorSydney

Richard Does

DirectorSydney
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Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney

Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Mary Anne McGirr

DirectorSydney

Mary Anne McGirr

DirectorSydney
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Jane Sayers

PrincipalMelbourne

Jane Sayers

PrincipalMelbourne
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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Ben Luppino

Senior AssociateAdelaide

Ben Luppino

Senior AssociateAdelaide
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Lynne Hancock

PrincipalSydney

Lynne Hancock

PrincipalSydney
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Tom Fletcher

AssociateSydney

Tom Fletcher

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Sonya Montgomerie

Senior AssociateAdelaide

Sonya Montgomerie

Senior AssociateAdelaide
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Freya Kuchel

AssociateAdelaide

Freya Kuchel

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Ee Ther Wee

AssociateAdelaide

Ee Ther Wee

AssociateAdelaide
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Megan Morton

AssociateMelbourne

Megan Morton

AssociateMelbourne
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Shalini Shah

AssociateAdelaide

Shalini Shah

AssociateAdelaide
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Gavin Dixon

AssociateAdelaide

Gavin Dixon

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Michael Willis

AssociateAdelaide

Michael Willis

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Simon McKeown

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Simon McKeown

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Nicole de Lacy

AssociateMelbourne

Nicole de Lacy

AssociateMelbourne
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