OMA + Hassell complete a new museum for Western Australia

The construction of the New Museum for Western Australia, created by OMA in collaboration with Hassell, has recently been completed. Located in the center of Perth’s cultural precinct, the project, comprised of new and old structures, offers a multidimensional framework. The museum aims to be a place where people from all over the world can share their understanding of the past, thoughts of the moment and goals for the future.
“Western Australia’s natural resources, culture and history are diverse. Instead of prescribing a singular interpretation of Western Australia, the loops enable visitors to engage with the museum’s collection in distinctive ways, and tell the manifold stories of the place,” explained OMA.
The renovated heritage buildings and the new buildings contain the museum exhibitions, event spaces, and public areas.
One vertical and one horizontal circulation loops connect the museum’s content, which includes a world-renowned meteorite collection and a blue whale skeleton.
Important part of the project is the “city room”, which is a sheltered outdoor public space at the center of the museum. It’s an open space for everyone to stimulate their imagination and creativity and participate in different activities. The museum’s permanent collection is complemented by a large new temporary gallery space. The New Museum will house a diverse range of cultural programs, and new retail and dining opportunities – a Museum that invites regular visits by everyone throughout the year.
Exhibitions are now being installed to ensure the Museum is ready for opening in November 2020.