New Museum for Western Australia

With its mix of heritage and contemporary architecture and communal spaces, the New Museum for Western Australia will celebrate the Australian state’s unique culture, history and landscape and revitalise 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 seven major galleries to experience more of the state’s collections. Two intersecting loops mean they can explore both vertically and horizontally.

Wandering between the restored heritage 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’ – a public space that’s a meeting place, event space and program area for the whole community.

A temporary gallery space will feature major exhibitions from around Australia and the world. Retail offerings and places to eat and drink are designed to keep visitors flowing through the museum – especially after hours – and make the museum a catalyst for the precinct’s ongoing growth.

Client

Brookfield Multiplex / State of Western Australia

Location

Perth, Australia

Status

In progress

Year

2020

Scale

31,500sqm

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

"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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