Sydney launches design comp for £220m museum

View of the site from the north bank of the Parramatta River

New South Wales government seeks firms for 24-hour ‘Powerhouse’

Architects are being sought to design a new museum for Sydney that would be Australia’s first dedicated learning space focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Earmarked for a riverside site at Parramatta, the brief for the scheme includes a state-of-the art planetarium and 18,000sq m of exhibition and public space.

Client the New South Wales government said the Powerhouse Precinct would operate 24 hours a day and allow the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences “to embrace a new curatorial strategy of integrated and immersive programs”. MAAS’ current Powerhouse Museum in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo; Parramatta is around 10 miles further out of the city centre in western Sydney.

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