Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
25 635 sqm
Dr Stephen Long
A major cultural contributor and landmark on the skyline, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) has enhanced Brisbane’s standing as a global city.
Architectus won the international design competition for GOMA – a showcase for modern and contemporary Australian and international art, indigenous Australian art, and art of the Asia-Pacific.
Designed as a lightweight, open riverside pavilion, the building houses two levels of exhibition space, two cinemas, education facilities, and a restaurant and boardwalk café.
The new building more than doubled the Queensland Art Gallery’s existing size, providing flexible and adaptable spaces for an ever-changing roster of programs and exhibitions.
GOMA’s urban design acknowledges the city grid and the axis of Tank Street to the historic windmill while maintaining a river connection for the west end district.
The building’s design helps improve sustainability outcomes, with a generous roof that shades walls at critical times of the day, solving around 90% of the issues facing the Gallery.
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (QLD), Brisbane, Commendation, 2007
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (QLD), Public Architecture Award, 2007
Royal Australian Institute of Architects, National Award for Public Architecture, 2007