Powerhouse Parramatta, West Sydney museum architecture design, NSW culture property photos, Australia cultural building

Powerhouse Parramatta in West Sydney

21 Aug 2023

Architects: Moreau Kusunoki and Genton

Location: Parramatta, West Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Powerhouse Parramatta, West Sydney,

Images by Moreau Kusunoki and Genton

Powerhouse Parramatta, Australia

Powerhouse Sydney, Australia’s largest museum group, is undertaking an AUD $1.4 billion transformation, spearheaded by the development of Powerhouse Parramatta on a landmark site in Western Sydney.

Designed by Moreau Kusunoki and Genton, Powerhouse Parramatta is the largest cultural development in Australia to be created since the Sydney Opera House and is planned to open in early 2025. The museum is located in the heart of Western Sydney in Parramatta bounded by the river and home to one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Australia.

Powerhouse Parramatta is pioneering a new museum model that aims to redefine contemporary museum practice and culture. The building features seven large scale exhibition spaces alongside learning and digital studios, a cinema, an 800-seat theatre, an extensive rooftop garden, restaurants and cafes. Thirty residential studios will be integrated into the museum, bringing together scientists, researchers and artists to collaborate with the Powerhouse and its communities. In addition, the Lang Walker Family Academy will include 60 bed accommodation within the museum precinct for remote students to immerse themselves in new science, technology and cultural learning experiences. A green landscaped public domain between the museum and the river will be open 24 hours a day, connecting the community with industry and learning, and supporting festival events and programmes for audiences of up to 10,000.

Powerhouse Parramatta, West Sydney,

Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive of Powerhouse Sydney, said: “Powerhouse Parramatta will enable our ambition to be a leader in a radical approach to museum culture, giving voice and agency to the full range of communities that make up Sydney’s diverse population. Simultaneously a centre for production, display and learning, we will celebrate the dynamic shift in how Sydney thinks about itself, its culture and its communities. We will prioritise investment in First Nations communities promoting self-determination and shared responsibility, to engage a generation.”

Powerhouse Parramatta is one of the largest and most complex architectural and structural engineering projects currently underway in Australia. The building design has been conceived by Paris based architects Moreau Kusunoki (Lead Designer), working in partnership with Australian architecture practice Genton (Local Architect) and master Japanese engineer, Jun Sato, whose work on high-tensile architectural facades is legendary.

Powerhouse Parramatta, West Sydney,

Powerhouse Sydney has its origins in the Museum of Applied Arts and Science founded in 1879 and sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology. It is currently undertaking a landmark $1.4 billion infrastructure renewal program across its four sites in Sydney, spearheaded by the creation of the flagship museum, Powerhouse Parramatta; expanded research and public facilities at Powerhouse Castle Hill; the renewal of the iconic Powerhouse in Ultimo; and the ongoing operation of Sydney Observatory. The museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia. Powerhouse is also undertaking an expansive digitisation project that will provide new levels of access to the collections.

Powerhouse Parramatta is being delivered through the NSW Government’s delivery agency Infrastructure NSW with construction partner Lendlease.


Opening in 2025, Powerhouse Parramatta will be the greenest public building in Australia, being net-zero from day one of operations.

Powerhouse Parramatta’s sustainability approach is guided by targeting a minimum 6 Star Green Star rating and net zero carbon emissions, achieved by focusing on sustainability in construction and sustainability in operation. The Green Star rating system was developed by the Green Building Council of Australia and is considered a world-class example of sustainable design and the highest level of environmental performance for buildings in Australia. The rating system is used to assess the environmental performance of buildings across 9 categories including energy, water, materials, and indoor environment quality.

Sustainability will be integrated into the design and operation of the museum in multiple ways including:
— Utilising eWater Systems to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals in the building and water harvesting. Reuse is intended to support more resilient operations and reduce unnecessary reliance on potable water.
— No gas will be used.
— Maximising onsite renewable energy opportunities.
— Standardising a zero-waste approach to exhibition construction and museum operations, developing a materials management plan and integrating circular principles into design and production processes.
— Embedded sustainability practice in programming and collection management, including prioritising collaboration and research with climate change thought leaders and industry.
— Landscaping features including a dedicated conservation area to support biodiversity, and a productive rooftop garden with diverse species including a focus on Indigenous species.
— Practicing responsible stewardship by working with First Nations people to ensure Powerhouse activities and practices do not damage Country or hinder custodial obligations, including to future generations.

Powerhouse Parramatta in West Sydney, NSW – Building Information

Key Project Dates
2019: Powerhouse Parramatta International Design Competition Awarded to Moreau Kusunoki and Genton
2020–21: Design development, planning and builder procurement
2022: Lendlease commences construction
2024: Construction completion
2025: Opening

Project Team
Moreau Kusunoki (Lead Architect)
Genton (Local Architect)
Jun Sato Engineering (Exoskeleton concept design) DEP – Kinetic Structure
ARUP Building Services
McGregor Coxall (Landscape)
L’Observatoire International (Architectural lighting) Lendlease (Contractor)

Project Spaces: Surface area of the site is 19,500 sqm
Exhibition and Public Space: 18,572 sqm
Total Floor Area: 32,579 sqm
Budget: $915,000,000 AUD

Powerhouse Parramatta, West Sydney,

Moreau Kusonoki Architecture

About Moreau Kusunoki

Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki founded Moreau Kusonoki Architecture in Paris in 2011. Kusunoki, who earned her degree from the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, began her career in the studio of Shigeru Ban. Moreau, who trained at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris, worked in the studios of SANAA and Kengo Kuma.

In 2008, Moreau and Kusunoki left Tokyo together, so that Moreau could open Kengo Kuma’s office in France. Notable projects are the award-winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki, the new Sciences Po (The Paris Institute of Political Studies) university campus in the centre of Paris, the National Lighthouse Museum in Brest, France, and the House of Cultures and Memories in Cayenne, French Guiana. in Australia and supporting over 800 artists each year.

Havilah has contributed to the development of both State and Federal Government Arts Policy including contributing to the authoring of NSW’s first arts and cultural policy – Create In NSW. She served as a member of the City of Sydney Public Art Advisory Panel, is a member of the Lendlease Public Art Advisory Panel and advises Barangaroo Development Authority on their arts and cultural programs and in 2016 was awarded the New South Wales Government’s NSW Creative Laureate award.


About Genton

Steven Toia founded Genton in 2010 with a focus on delivering outstanding design and quality architectural and design work. Steven’s experience extends to design, documentation and procurement of small, large and complex projects both locally and internationally.

Fellow Director Marc Debney brings together diverse training in Architecture, Fine Arts and Law to weave design vision and project requirements to guide decisions with unwavering commitment to design. With established studios in Sydney and Melbourne they have been recognised with award-winning results across commercial, residential, infrastructure and technical projects including the design and rebuild of public buildings.

Powerhouse Parramatta West Sydney, NSW images / information received 100823

Location: Parramatta, Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parramatta Architecture

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Architects: Moreau Kusunoki and Genton
Construction Underway at Powerhouse Parramatta
image : Zan Wimberley
Construction Underway at Powerhouse Parramatta

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image © Mark Merton Photography
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New Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Parramatta
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