architect: Hassel+OMA

location: Geelong, Australia

year: 2019

With its mix of heritage and contemporary architecture, creating exciting communal spaces, the New Museum for Western Australia celebrates the Australian State’s unique culture, history and landscape and contributes to the revitalisation of the creative heart of its capital, Perth.
Hassell + OMA brought together designers from around the globe in one unified Perth team to create a place that reflects the distinct Western Australian landscape. The New Museum is designed as a series of virtual ​‘stories’ that guide visitors through the major galleries to experience more of the State’s collections. Two intersecting loops mean visitors can explore the Museum through vertical and horizontal pathways.

Wandering between the restored heritage-listed buildings and the new contemporary build will feel seamless for visitors. The old and new come together at the centre of the Museum to frame a spectacular ​‘outdoor room’ – the ​‘City Room’ – a public space that is a meeting place, event space and program area for the whole community.
A 1,000 sqm special exhibition gallery will feature major exhibitions from around Australia and the world. Retail offerings and places to eat and drink are designed to encourage visitors to flow through the Museum – especially after hours – contributing to the precinct’s ongoing activation and growth.