- Global open two-stage competition calls for creative collaborations for new Sydney icon
- Twenty-four-hour Powerhouse museum will be home to 18,000 sqm of purpose-built exhibition and public spaces, Australia’s most advanced planetarium and its first dedicated learning space devoted to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)
- Honorarium for each of (at least) five finalist teams set at AUD $150,000
- Deadline for submissions 22:00 AEDT / 11:00 GMT Monday 18 March 2019
Australia’s New South Wales Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, launched the open global search for an outstanding, world class team, with exceptional skills in design and placemaking, for the landmark new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, Sydney.
The open two-stage competition welcomes both Australian and international design teams and actively encourages creative and intellectual collaborations between established and emerging talent.
The centrepiece of the precinct is a 24-hour museum, a new global cultural icon, that will be built on the banks of the Parramatta River in Sydney’s newly designated Central River City, one of the fastest-growing parts of the region.
At the geographical heart of Sydney, the Powerhouse museum represents a major investment by the NSW Government. The new museum will house Australia’s largest and most advanced planetarium with ultra-high-resolution 3D video and multi-channel immersive audio. The museum will deliver Australia’s first dedicated learning space devoted to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
A total of 18,000 sqm of purpose-built exhibition and public spaces will enable the museum – which was founded in the late nineteenth century as the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) and whose major site is currently in Ultimo – to embrace a new curatorial strategy of integrated and immersive programs.
At Stage One, we are not seeking a design but a demonstration of qualifications: company information; details of your proposed team; your relevant experience; and your initial response to the brief as set out in the Search Statement. Stage One entries will be accepted via the online form; no paper documents will be accepted. A shortlist of at least five teams will be selected to move to Stage Two.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 22:00 AEDT / 11:00 GMT Monday 18 March 2019.
Further details, including how to enter, are given on the competition website.
The competition is being organised by independent specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC).