Melbourne Holocaust Museum

Adams provided Structural and Civil Engineering services for the purpose-built Melbourne Holocaust Museum, transforming the existing Jewish Holocaust Centre. The project involved retaining the front facade of the original building while constructing a basement and three additional levels above the ground floor.

Project Highlights

 

Meticulous facade conservation, including the reconstruction of the original suspended first-floor bay window to meet heritage requirements

Integration of a bespoke glass brick facade with the retained facade

Double-storey light well-reflecting light to the level 1 Memorial Room

Architectural staircases featuring bespoke steel and timber treads and balustrades

Installation of the Eternal Flame and Pillars of Witness sculptures in the courtyard

Spacious 12m wide column-free auditorium space on the ground floor

Ensuring water tightness in the basement was a critical priority, considering it housed habitable learning spaces and a bookstore. The complexity was further heightened by the proximity of the basement to the retained façade.

Ben Beveridge

Associate Director

Challenges

 

The project faced challenges due to the limited site access caused by the proximity of neighbouring buildings, the retained facade, and the temporary retention framing.

Ensuring water tightness in the basement was a critical priority, considering it housed habitable learning spaces and a bookstore. The complexity was further heightened by the proximity of the basement to the retained façade.

The lower ground floor opened into a sunken courtyard, requiring the implementation of self-supporting boundary retention measures to ensure structural stability and safety around the courtyard area.

The project necessitated the incorporation of ballistics protection for the front facades, requiring innovative engineering solutions to meet the specified safety requirements.

Introducing glass bricks and their support system, which had not been used before in Australia, presented numerous challenges. The coordination of the facade and secondary structure with the primary framing required careful planning and execution to ensure structural integrity and aesthetic cohesion.

 

 

 

Scope of Works

Structural Design and Documentation
Civil Design and Documentation
Certification
Construction Support

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