THE MELTON LIBRARY - FMJT ARCHITECTURE

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The Melton Library and Learning Hub by FMJT Architecture has set the benchmark for sustainable civic design in Australia. Built with the aim of revitalising and re-energising the local community, the project has received multiple awards for design excellence.

FMJT (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp) is led by Design Director Richard Francis-Jones and Managing Director Jeff Morehen. The studio’s dedication to design excellence and the enhancement of the public domain is evident in their award-winning work, which includes the Auckland Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum and Macquarie University Library.

Set over two levels, the Melton Library and Learning Hub comprises a theatre and lecture rooms as well as recording and editing studios for use by local education centres.

The building's orientation and facade is designed to maximise natural light penetration, which helps to minimise electricity consumption. It also achieved a 92 per cent recycling rate from the demolition of the previous buildings on the site. It is the first library in the country to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star - Public Building Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

We enjoyed working with FJMT to supply lighting designs for this award-winning civic space. Our black Boss Pendants were customised with brightly coloured interiors to reflect the playful library interior. The slimline circular pendants are made from spun aluminium and the light source is a choice of dimmable LED modules with either warm or cool colour temperatures.

The Melton Library and Learning Hub represents a vibrant and inspiring community asset and sets a new standard in sustainable design.

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