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

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Rem Koolhaas’ OMA has defeated Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel in the competition for Perth’s new Western Australia (WA) Museum

The Dutch practice – working with HASSELL and Brookfield Multiplex – was announced winner of a contractor-led contest for the high-profile landmark on Monday (4 April).

The three Pritzker Prize-winning firms were shortlisted for the prestigious commission last summer.

The full shortlist

  • Foster and Partners with Hames Sharley (led by contractor John Holland)
  • Ateliers Jean Nouvel with Cameron Chisholm Nicol and Parry and Rosenthal Architects (led by contractors Doric Group and Técnicas Reunidas)
  • OMA with HASSELL (led by contractor Brookfield Multiplex)

Art minister John Day told The West Australian: ‘This decision by state cabinet is a very strong statement by the government in the current financial circumstances in recognising the need for in WA to have an adequate museum facility, which we haven’t had for many years.

‘It is a major cultural, educational and scientific facility for the State.’

Planned to complete in 2020, the project will create a new 23,000m² extension to the existing WA Museum located in the Perth Cultural Centre district.

Landmarks nearby include the State Library of Western Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and near the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The new L-shaped structure will occupy a grassed area and integrate with the museum’s Old Gaol, Hackett Hall and Jubilee and Beaufort Street wings which will also be restored.

The stand-alone extension will feature a temporary exhibition space, permanent displays on state history, learning areas, interactive spaces, a café and retail. An outdoor area for meetings and events will also be delivered.

The consortium featuring Ateliers Jean Nouvel is understood to be the reserve option if negotiations with Brookfield Multiplex flounder.

Images of OMA’s winning proposal will be revealed once the contract is signed and works start in June this year.



Source: © Western Australian Museum

Aerial map of the Perth Cultural Centre © Western Australian Museum




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