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Caulfield Library Refurbishment, from John Wardle Architects

What are students’ expectations of academic libraries? This is a question John Wardle Architects tackled when renovating and expanding Monash University’s Caulfield Library.

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Builder: Hansen Yuncken

Structural & Building Services Engineer, Sustainability Consultant: Irwinconsult

Landscape Architect: Taylor Cullity Lethlean [TCL]

Signage and Wayfinding: Buro North

Audio Visual: CHW Consulting

Artist: Rose Nolan


Budget: $39m

Duration: 21 months



‘Tip Ton’ student chair, Vitra. ‘Pearl’ lounge chair, Jardan. ‘Hay About A Lounge’ lounge chair, Cult. ‘Jasper’ task chair, Zenith. ‘I.AM’ study table, Thinking Works. ‘Midi’ collaborative tables, Envoy Furniture. ‘Easy Boy’ laptop tables, KFive. ‘Krossi Dual Stage’ workstations, Schiavello. Miscellaneous library equipment, Raeco.



Nendo table lamp, Euroluce.



Custom plywood ceiling and wall lining, Atkar. Ceiling acoustic panels and baffles, Autex. ‘Human Nature’ flooring, Interface. ‘Natura Kavar’ flooring, Spectrum Floors. Custom fabric wrapped wall lining panels, Kvadrat Maharam.


Fixed & Fitted

Bathroom fittings generally throughout, Caroma. Tapware, Astra Walker. Custom joinery, A&A Cabinets. Various joinery, Laminex.

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