Designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, the standalone building will be the centrepiece of the Art Gallery’s expansion.
The expansion project has created a new art museum campus that includes two buildings that are connected by a public art garden in Gadigal Country.
It almost doubles exhibition space for displaying artworks and also creates a dedicated space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
The architectural features of the expansion project include three limestone-clad art pavilions, 3,400m² of accessible roof art terraces and courtyards, and 250m of rammed earth wall over two levels.
The expansion also includes a gallery for time-based art, a column-free gallery, and the re-use of a decommissioned Second World War naval fuel bunker, which is now called the Tank.
Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand said: “Our vision has been to transform the Art Gallery into an art museum campus with seamless connections between art, architecture and landscape.
“This is especially significant given the challenges we faced during the past three years of construction with the impact of bushfires, the global pandemic and record-breaking rainfall.
“From our dazzling new stage, we now offer even more art experiences worthy of our location, our history, the many who have contributed to our development over the past 151 years and the many who will look to us for joy, inspiration and insight in the coming decades.”
The Art Gallery received $163.47m (A$244m) in funding from the NSW government and has also raised over $66.99m (A$100m) from private donors to support the expansion project.
Delivered by Infrastructure NSW, the new building has been built by Richard Crookes Constructions.