Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

  • Client
    David Walsh
  • Location
    Moorilla, Tasmania
  • Status
    Complete
  • Value
    $65 million
  • Delivery Method
    LS & MC
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Technically challenging, this landmark building consists of concrete construction and is uniquely cut into the side of a peninsular on the banks of Tasmania’s picturesque Derwent River. Delivered in partnership with Fender Katsalidis, the team contributed to the design process as a key member of the project team providing ongoing advice on construction buildability, safety and cost implications and worked closely with the client to integrate fitout works within the construction program.

Largest privately owned museum in Australia

Structures connected by 40 metre internal tunnel

2,100 waffle forms for roof

Structure required 6,000m3 of concrete

With almost 10,000m² over three floors, the subterranean museum includes international standard exhibition space, galleries, theatres, administration and an art conservation area. With entry via the existing heritage listed courtyard house, an internal lift shaft and tunnel was created by an extensive underpinning and excavation process.

Construction of the exposed rock face required mining techniques, as carved Triassic sandstone forms the walls of the museum

Complex integrated services are virtually invisible within the finished museum. All conduits are concealed within the exposed concrete structure and a unique system of air delivery eliminates visible mechanical grilles.

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