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.
Wandering between the restored heritage-listed buildings and the new contemporary development will feel seamless for visitors. The old and new come together at the centre of the museum to frame a spectacular outdoor ‘City Room’ – a public 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 spaces and places to eat and drink are designed to encourage visitors to flow through the museum – especially after hours – contributing to the precinct’s livelihood and growth.
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.