International design practices HASSELL + OMA have joined leading global contractor Brookfield Multiplex and the Western Australian government to reveal the design for the highly anticipated New Museum for WA.

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Courtesy of HASSELL + OMA

 HASSELL Principal and Board Director Mark Loughnan, and OMA Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten stated: “Our vision for the design was to create spaces that promote engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the Museum and the community. We want it to create a civic place for everyone, an interesting mix of heritage and contemporary architecture that helps revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre while celebrating the culture of Western Australia on the world stage. The design is based on the intersection of a horizontal and vertical loop creating large possibilities of curatorial strategies for both temporary and fixed exhibitions.”
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Courtesy of HASSELL + OMA

At the heart of the design is a public space that is the central point of the new museum, in terms of both location and programming. It is a spectacular outdoor room framed by refurbished heritage buildings and intersected by new buildings and virtual platforms, enabling the diverse stories of Western Australia to be told.

Courtesy of HASSELL + OMA

Courtesy of HASSELL + OMA

A large new temporary gallery space will complement the extensive permanent collection of the museum that includes renowned collections including the much-loved Blue Whale skeleton. The Museum will host a diverse range of cultural, retail and dining experiences, increasing visitor numbers especially after hours.

Early works are expected to start in late 2016 with main construction starting in 2017. The New Museum is due to be completed in 2020.

Project Info:
Architects: HASSELL + OMA
Client: Brookfield Multiplex/ State of Western Australia
Expertise: Culture and the Arts
Scale: 21,500 sqm
Year: 2020
Location: Perth, Australia
Photography: HASSELL + OMA
Status: Work in progress

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