western australian museum design

Three design consortia led by Brookfield Multiplex, John Holland, and a joint venture (JV) between Doric Group and Tecnicas Reunidas, are competing for a construction deal for Western Australia’s new museum in Perth.

The new facility will be developed in the ‘backyard’ of the existing museum in the Australian city, funded by A$428.3m ($331.5m) of government money.

International design firm Foster and Partners, French architect Jean Nouvel, and Dutch designer Rem Koolhaas are parts of the group that is interested in competing for the project.

Australian engineering contractor John Holland and local Hames Sharley, along with Foster and Partners, form the first contender team shortlisted for the project.

The Doric Group and Tecnicas Reunidas JV has teamed up with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, and city-based Cameron Chisholm Nicol and Parry and Rosenthal Architects to form the second consortium.

Third on the list is a Brookfield Multiplex-led group formed by Rem Koolhas’ OMA and local firm HASSELL.

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Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day said: "The consortia incorporate design teams responsible for some of the world’s most iconic designs, including museum and cultural projects in Paris, Quebec and London.

"The driving philosophy behind the museum is ‘people first’ and this will continue to be the government’s focus."

"They will now work with government on their design proposals for the new museum to ensure they meet the state’s requirements."

Western Australian Museum had been co-ordinating with a range of user groups to decide on the content and visitor experience for the new museum.

Four community panels have also been set-up by the state museum authorities to invite ongoing inputs to the project.

"With the state government engaging in extensive and ongoing consultation with a range of reference groups and key stakeholders, we are confident we can provide the consortia with the best advice to ensure we get the world-class museum all West Australians deserve," John Day added.

"The driving philosophy behind the museum is ‘people first’ and this will continue to be the government’s focus."

A managing contractor for the project, which has been scheduled to open in 2020, is likely to be selected within the year.

Initial works for the new museum have already started, including conservation works for the heritage buildings at the Perth site. The project will also refurbish and upgrade the museum’s Welshpool Collections and Research Centre.

Image: Western Australian Museum front entrance in Perth. Image: courtesy of Nachoman-au / Wikipedia.