New Museum for Western Australia

With its mix of heritage and contemporary architecture, creating exciting communal spaces, the New Museum for Western Australia celebrates the Australian State’s unique culture, history and landscape and contributes to the revitalisation of the creative heart of its capital, Perth.

Hassell + OMA brought together designers from around the globe in one unified Perth team to create a place that reflects the distinct Western Australian landscape.

The New Museum is designed as a series of virtual stories’ that guide visitors through the major galleries to experience more of the State’s collections. Two intersecting loops mean visitors can explore the Museum through vertical and horizontal pathways.

Wandering between the restored heritage-listed buildings and the new contemporary build will feel seamless for visitors. The old and new come together at the centre of the Museum to frame a spectacular outdoor room’ – the City Room’ – a public space that is a meeting place, event space and program area for the whole community.

A 1,000 sqm special exhibition gallery will feature major exhibitions from around Australia and the world. Retail offerings and places to eat and drink are designed to encourage visitors to flow through the Museum – especially after hours – contributing to the precinct’s ongoing activation and growth.

Client

Multiplex / State Government of Western Australia

Location

Perth, Australia

Status

In progress

Year

2020

Scale

19,000sqm

Collaborators

OMA

Design team

Mark Loughnan, Peter Dean, Brenden Kelly, Anthony Brookfield, David Gulland, Benjamin Rees, Reuben Bourke, Hannah Galloway, David Hunt, Annika White, Katherine Arrigan, Callum Chute, Patrick O'Neil, Philip Davies, Ricky Frazer, Sarah Gaikhorst , Wayne Greensill, Aysen Jenkins, Kaine Jenkins, Mark McKenna, Irene Payne, April Pine, Douglas William Pott, Thomas Proctor , Simon Rich, Michael Ruehr, Patrick Sims, Samuel Travers, Jill Turpin, Lucy Elizabeth Wilson

Photography

Peter Bennetts

I think this is one of the great cultural developments that we will see in this nation for many years, and a great opportunity for Perth.”

Mathew Trinca Director, National Museum of Australia

This is a bold and dynamic architectural statement that will draw locals and visitors to the cultural heart of Western Australia.”

Hon David Templeman MLA WA Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts
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