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New Western Australian Museum Building in Perth

Cultural Centre Architectural Contest design by OMA / Hassell Architects

post updated 16 May 2021 ; 7 Apr 2016

New Western Australian Museum Building in Perth, Australia

Western Australian Museum by Architect Rem Koolhaas

Design: OMA / Hassell, Architects

Location: Perth Cultural Centre, James St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Rem Koolhaas wins AU$428m Western Australia Museum project

Koolhaas pips Foster in race for £230m Western Australia Museum

7th of April 2016

OMA, Hassell to design new WA museum

The development of the new Western Australian Museum building in Perth has reached a significant milestone, with a design team led by international architects OMA now in negotiations to oversee the project.

New Western Australian Museum Building in Perth

Multi-disciplinary practice Hassell and British constructors Brookfield Multiplex have joined Rem Koolhaas’ studio to design and build the museum, which will house the state’s scientific and cultural collections, reports

The design team overcame competition from firms including Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel to win the commission for the AU$428m (US$323m, €283m, £229m) project.

John Day, culture and arts minister for Western Australia, said the state government had been impressed by the responses received from the three “world-class” shortlisted design teams and said the substantial international response to the architecture competition “highlights the project’s prestige.”

Explaining the final decision, he said: “Brookfield Multiplex has extensive experience in delivering major projects, while OMA and its principal, Rem Koolhaas, are well-known for creating dramatic architecture. Hassell have also developed a considerable international reputation.

Western Australian Museum Perth

“OMA has a vast portfolio of international projects including the expansion of Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec, the Seattle Public Library and the China Central Television Building in Beijing.”

The government will now attempt to reach a final agreement on the design, construction and programming of the project. The successful design will be released once the contract has been awarded, which is expected in mid-2016. The opening of the museum is scheduled for 2020.

The Jean Nouvel consortium, which is led by Perth-based building firm Doric, have been named as the reserve option if negotiations fall through.

The new WA Museum will be formed of a 23,000sq m (247,569sq ft) extension to its current home – quadrupling its size.

A definition plan for the project demands the design of new buildings include large, enlivened galleries and public spaces and a central outdoor space linking the heritage and new structures. Core exhibition galleries will be supplemented by a temporary and touring exhibition gallery, café, plus retail and special function areas.

Western Australian Museum building in Perth

The deadline for expressions of interest from exhibition design teams closed yesterday (6 April).

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Address: Perth Cultural Centre, James St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9212 3700

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The Western Australian Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years the Western Australian Museum has been making the State’s natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs.

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