Located in Perth’s cultural center and formed with renovated heritage-listed buildings – an old prison, a library, and an art gallery – and new volumes, the WA Museum Boola Bardip provides spaces for exhibitions and events, and new retail and dining. The new museum showcases the State’s natural and cultural collections, and has been conceived as a framework to share the diverse stories of Western Australia, a State characterized by its extraordinary people and places and home to the oldest continuous culture on earth, an increasingly diverse, multicultural population, and a world biodiversity hotspot. In the museum, heritage and contemporary structures complement each other. New volumes wrap around the heritage buildings to create two core elements of the museum: two intersecting circulation loops that offer a variety of curatorial possibilities, and a ‘City Room’ – a public space at the museum’s center for cultural programs and daily activities. The facades of the preserved and revitalized buildings on site maintain their massive character, while the glass walls of the prisms, clad with perforated metal facades, shine under sunlight and glow in the dark.
State Government of Western Australia, Multiplex
Hassell + OMA / OMA team: David Gianotten (socio partner); Paul Jones (director de proyecto project director); jefes de proyecto project leaders: Fred Awty (concurso competition); Mirai Morita (proyecto básico schematic design); Christopher Hing Fay (proyecto de ejecución y construcción design development to construction); Thorben Bazlen, Marina Cogliani, Jack Davies, Haram Hong, Eunjin Kang, Alan Lau, Fedor Medek, Marcus Parviainen, Paola Provinciali, Yash Ravi, Takehiko Suzuki, Shinji Takagi, John Thurtle, Elizabeth White, Polina Zhalniarovich (equipo team)
Hassell (empresa asociada JV partner); Multiplex Structural Engineer (gestión de construcción managing contractor); BG&E Services (estructura structure); Wood & Grieve (ingeniería engineering); Hera (fachada facade); Element (patrimonio heritage); Atelier 10 (sostenibilidad sustainability); JMG (supervisor building surveyor); FOD (señalética signage)