HASSELL + OMA complete new museum for western australia ahead of 2020 opening
 

HASSELL + OMA complete new museum for western australia ahead of 2020 opening

construction of the ‘new museum for western australia’, designed in joint venture by international design practices HASSELL and OMA, is complete. exhibitions are now being installed to ensure that the museum is ready for its opening in november 2020. located in the heart of perth’s cultural precinct, the design was conceived as a ‘collection of stories’ that offer a multidimensional framework. comprised of heritage and new structures, the institution intends to be a place where the local community and global visitors can gather to share their understanding of the past, thoughts of the moment, and ambitions for the future.

hassell oma new museum
all images © peter bennetts, courtesy of HASSELL + OMA

 

 

‘our vision for the design was to create a space that promotes engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the museum and the community,’ says HASSELL principal mark loughnan. ‘we wanted it to be a civic place for everyone; an interesting mix of heritage and contemporary architecture, that contributes to the revitalization of perth’s cultural precinct whilst celebrating the culture of western australia on the world stage.’

hassell oma new museum

 

 

refurbished heritage buildings and newly built volumes house the museum exhibitions, event spaces, and public areas. two intersecting circulation loops — one vertical and one horizontal — connect and organize the museum’s content, which includes a world-renowned meteorite collection and a blue whale skeleton. ‘western australia’s natural resources, culture and history are diverse. instead of prescribing a singular interpretation of western australia, the loops enable visitors to engage with the museum’s collection in distinctive ways, and tell the manifold stories of the place,’ explains OMA managing partner, david gianotten.

 

 

a core element of the design is the ‘city room’ — a sheltered outdoor public space at the center of the museum. the city room is an open space for everyone to stimulate their imagination and creativity and participate in a variety of activities, from large scale community events to smaller gatherings. elsewhere, a large new temporary gallery space complements the museum’s permanent collection. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

 

 

project info:

 

name: new museum for western australia
location: perth, australia
design: HASSELL + OMA
status: complete, opening scheduled for november 2020
previous coverage: august 2016

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,528 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample