The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern Building, and Cranbrook School Bellevue Hill have been honoured with prestigious awards at the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) Awards.
These awards celebrate and reward design excellence in architecture across the state, including everything from city-shaping public initiatives to critical residential projects.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern building received the esteemed Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the highest accolade in the public architecture category of these awards. We worked alongside Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture practice SANAA to deliver the most significant cultural addition to an Australian city in over 50 years.
SANAA won the project following a two-stage invitational design competition in 2016, and Architectus played a key role in realising their design vision using advanced BIM systems, technical nous and rigorous attention to detail. Our team also led the urban planning for Sydney Modern, securing approval of the State Significant Development Application.
The reimagined Gallery creates expansive indoor and outdoor spaces and significantly increases the Gallery’s capacity to share art with the many audiences it serves by day and by night. The project scope included revitalising the existing building; a new cultural plaza; doubled exhibition space; a second, larger state-of-the-art space for temporary exhibitions; and increased archive, learning, and social spaces. The project incorporates the latest building and operational technology so the Gallery can achieve the maximum possible environmental and economic sustainability.