Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip in Perth
OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture  Hassell 

Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip in Perth

OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture  Hassell 


In central Perth, amid various cultural institutions and listed historical buildings, rises the new premises of the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in the language of the Noongar, the aborigines of the state of Western Australia. A team led by David Gianotten and Paul Jones of OMA and Mark Loughnan and Peter Dean of Hassell renovated five existing constructions, maintaining their facades and raising on them a series of cantilevering stacked volumes that present a combination of glass surfaces and perforated metal panels. Two intersecting circulation loops – one horizontal, the other vertical – connect the revamped heritage buildings to the new structures. A large sheltered open-air public square called the ‘City Room’ is a venue for events and other activities.