SANAA wins bid to design new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Japanese duo beat out Renzo Piano in the final decision.

May 28, 2015 |
SANAA won bid to design new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Sydney Modern Project will add new and expanded spaces for art, live performance, and film, along with spaces to study and participate in cultural programs. Renderings courtesy SANAA

Pritzker Prize-winning practice SANAA was selected to design the Sydney Modern Project together with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artdaily reports. The firm was selected following an international architectural competition that started in September 2014.

According to Art Gallery of NSW Director Dr. Michael Brand, the jury was unanimous in their decision.

The Tokyo-based firm is currently establishing a presence in Sydney to partner with a local architectural firm, providing SANAA with opportunities to engage with the New South Wales architecture community.

The New South Wales government has provided AU$10.8 million in the state budget to allow the Art Gallery to advance their plans.

According to the Art Gallery’s website, the Sydney Modern Project will “transform an underutilized site to north of the existing Art Gallery of NSW, comprising two grassed concrete platforms. By building to the north, we are preserving one of our two 19th-century facades, protecting our heritage trees, and retaining the Domain’s much-used playing fields.”

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