Hassell and OMA unveil design of New Museum in Western Australia


International design firms Hassell and OMA have unveiled the design of New Museum in Western Australia.

Brookfield Multiplex has been contracted to construct the museum.

Hassell principal and board director Mark Loughnan and OMA managing partner-architect David Gianotten jointly 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.

“Our vision for the design was to create spaces that promote engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the museum and the community."

"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.”

The core part of the design is a public space. The outdoor room is framed by refurbished heritage buildings and intersected by new buildings, while virtual platforms will help in revealing the diverse stories of Western Australia.

A large new temporary gallery space will complement the permanent collection of the museum that comprises renowned collections including the Blue Whale skeleton. The museum will also provide a diverse range of cultural, retail and dining experiences.

Initial works are expected to start later this year with primary construction beginning next year.

New Museum is expected to be completed in 2020.


Image: Initial works of the museum are expected to commence in late 2016. Photo: courtesy of HASSELL.