WA Museum Boola Bardip by Hassell + OMA has been shortlisted in the Public Architecture and Urban Design categories of the Australian Institute of Architects national awards.
With its mix of heritage and contemporary architecture and vibrant communal spaces, the WA Museum Boola Bardip celebrates the unique culture, history and landscape of Western Australia and contributes to revitalising the creative heart of its capital, Perth.
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.
The project has been selected by a jury from more than 800 entries across Australia. In 2021, the Institute is celebrating the 40th year of its awards program.
“The peer-reviewed judging process is vital as it creates benchmarks for the betterment of the profession, practice and architecture,” said jury chair and immediate past president Alice Hampson.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated this task, but no matter how one visits, truly exceptional work resonates powerfully, and our conversations with the committed, passionate and gifted designers responsible for them were most memorable.”
The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony to be live streamed on 4 November. In 2020 the virtual ceremony was watched by more than 3,000 people on the night with a global audience of more than 30,000.