Five firms selected for Stage 2 of design competition to expand the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Katie Watkins reports for Archdaily: Five Firms Selected for Final Stage of Sydney Art Gallery Expansion.
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Five practices have been selected to move on to the second stage of the Sydney Modern Project, a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Of the twelve firms invited to participate in the competition, the five that will advance are: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA; Kengo Kuma & Associates; Kerry Hill Architects; RMA Architects (Rahul Mehrotra Architects); and Sean Godsell Architects.
“The Sydney Modern Project will link the existing gallery with a new building featuring dynamic spaces for major exhibitions and collection displays, a multipurpose theatre, learning and interactive spaces and expanded restaurant, cafe and event spaces,” said Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, President of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees. “Importantly, it will also deliver badly needed operational improvements. The Sydney Modern Project will provide a facility that competes globally for audiences and adds to the uniqueness of our beautiful city in both form and function.”
Each of the twelve firms invited to participate in the competition submitted a high-level concept for the project, which was judged anonymously by the Sydney Modern Project Jury. The Jury aims to select a winning design in April.