News / April 2019
Friday 12 April 2019
State Library of NSW restored as cultural destination

The HASSELL upgrade of the Mitchell Building is stage one of a larger masterplan covering 34,000 square meters of the State Library of NSW. The redesign focused on returning a third of the heritage building back to the people of New South Wales, upgrading and realising its full potential now and into the future.

Previously closed off, underutilised and ad-hoc spaces were carefully stripped back, opened up and converted to functional exhibition spaces which are now accessible, modern and relevant as a cultural destination – all while honouring its historical and culturally significant purpose.

Through our design, we have restored the Mitchell Building as a social asset for people to engage with, revitalising an icon of Sydney’s CBD. Our design maximises every opportunity for visitors to enjoy the Library’s rare and priceless collection and ensures its future inherent value as a public asset.

HASSELL Principal, Liz Westgarth, said that refurbishing the Mitchell Building required a significant understanding and commitment to both the history and future of the Library.

“The State Library of New South Wales has been a landmark in the CBD since the early 1900s and a destination for generations of Australians living in the greater Sydney area. Our design safeguards the Library’s past, present and future relevance within the community, and provides a platform for the Library to give the public greater access to its rich collection of historical artefacts” Liz said.

Photography by Nicole England

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