Technically challenging, this landmark building consists of concrete construction and is uniquely cut into the side of a peninsular on the banks of the picturesque Derwent River. Almost 10,000m2 over three floors, the museum includes international standard exhibition space, galleries, theatre, administration and an art conservation area. It is entered via the existing heritage listed courtyard house, under which an internal lift shaft and tunnel was created by an extensive underpinning and excavation process. 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. Hansen Yuncken 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.
The Museum won a collection of national awards for Architecture, Construction, Best Public Building and People’s Choice.