Search starts for Powerhouse design

THE search is on for world-leading architects to design a Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta including an iconic new museum, public space and pedestrian bridge.

The international design competition is the next major step in the Powerhouse Museum’s move to the banks of the Parramatta River.

Focused on excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences and with 18,000 sqm of exhibition and public spaces, the new museum represents a major investment in Western Sydney by the NSW Government.

“I am delighted to open this competition fulfilling our promise to the people of Western Sydney to deliver a major cultural institution they can be proud of,” Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said. The new museum will showcase the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ collection, developed over the last 135 years. It will accommodate Australia’s largest and most advanced planetarium as well as state-of-the-art galleries to present international exhibitions and museum displays.

With more education and learning spaces than Ultimo, the museum will make better use of digital
platforms and create significant education and employment pathways for young people into careers across technology, science and arts and culture.

Designs produced by shortlisted teams will be on public display later this year. Stage One Expressions of Interest are now open and close at on March 18, 2019.

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