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The Munro development, narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services is located on the doorstep of Queen Victoria Market

Munro development – narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services

  • Location: Melbourne
  • Client: City of Melbourne & PDG Corporation
  • Category: Master Planning
  • Year: 2023
  • Photography: Dan Preston, Kane Multimedia for Buildcorp and Courtesy of City of Melbourne

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

Scale: 48 Social Housing dwellings, 6 TAC Apartments, City Library, Community Facilities, 1500m2 Commercial, 16,000 m2 GFA, 500 space underground Carpark

Value: $60m

Collaboration: Bates Smart (adjacent towers)

Landscape: Bush Projects

Artistic Collaboration: Rose Nolan Screen Works
(ENOUGH-NOW/EVEN/MORE-SO) and Maree Clarke (carpet, mirror design and sculpture)

Video: City of Melbourne

The Munro development is a vital part of the $250m Queen Victoria Market Renewal. Backed by sustainability and user experience design values, the 11-level tower hosts the City of Melbourne’s new narrm ngarrgu Library and family services with a dedicated children's library, creative makerspace, podcast and audio recording studios, social housing, a landscaped terrace and an event auditorium. It's home to the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Hub and fine grain retail on the ground.

"Six Degrees' design of narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services seamlessly integrates into Melbourne's social fabric, fostering community engagement and celebrating cultural diversity. Through a profound Wurundjeri collaboration, the project becomes a celebration of Indigenous art and culture—a truly community-centric design that reflects our vibrant and inclusive city spirit. It stands as a major contribution to the City of Melbourne and a cornerstone of the Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal and activation."

Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Updating the Queen Vic precinct with active laneways and modern community amenity gifts a new public heart to a much-loved Melbourne treasure. The Munro site is expected to deliver an estimated $70M public benefit, in one of Australia’s most sustainable mixed-use developments.

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The Munro development corner Queen and Therry St - views to the library's landscaped terrace and social housing with extensive solar array

“The five things that make a good city are density, mixed use, connectivity, high quality public realm and local character. This project hits all five and as such will have financial, social and environmental benefits for the City. Six Degrees have skilfully designed an outstanding set of buildings that exceeded our expectations.” Prof. Rob Adams AM, City Architect, City of Melbourne