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AL_A and Architectus shortlisted for Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta

Participation in Parramatta Powerhouse Precinct design competition

AL_A & Architectus have been selected to participate in a design competition for a new 18,000m² museum in Parramatta, Sydney.

The Powerhouse Precinct is the largest cultural infrastructure project currently being undertaken in Australia. It will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions, setting an international benchmark in cultural precinct design. It encompasses the museum, public domain and increased connectivity to the Parramatta River.

The Powerhouse Museum, the centerpiece of a new arts and cultural precinct, will house Australia’s largest and most advanced planetarium with ultra-high-resolution 3D video and multi-channel immersive audio.

The Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta

The competition – focused on a 24-hour museum that will showcase the internationally-significant Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) collection and support a dynamic program of changing exhibitions –welcomed both Australian and international design teams. It actively encouraged creative and intellectual collaborations between established and emerging talent. The other shortlisted teams are:

  • Bernardes Architecture and Scale Architecture
  • BVN Architecture and Carlo Ratti Associati
  • CHROFI with Reko Rennie
  • Moreau Kusunoki and Genton
  • Steven Holl Architects and Conrad Gargett

A full media statement released by competition organisers, Malcolm Reading Consultants, can be found on the competition website here.