Sydney announces global hunt for £500m museum architect

Parramatta skyline in western Sydney

Plans for new combined venue face local hostility

Sydney has announced it will hold an international design competition to find an architect for a controversial new £500m museum.

The two-stage competition for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in a new arts and cultural precinct by the river at Parramatta will launch next month.

The UK’s Malcolm Reading Consultants has been appointed by the New South Wales arts minister to run the process and has set up a holding website where architects can register their interest.

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