Shortlist announced for Powerhouse Ultimo Design Competition

Artists Impression – Image Credit: Mogamma

CityLab recently announced that five design teams have now been shortlisted to move through to the next stage of the national Design Competition for the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal in Sydney, Australia. The design competition is part of the New South Wales Government’s investment of up to $500 million for the renewed museum.

The five shortlisted teams are as follows

­023: Cox Architecture, Neeson Murcutt Neille, Other Architects, Hector Abrahams Architects, Sue Barnsley Design and Arup.

060: BVN and Oculus with OCP Architects, TTW, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Transsolar Klima Engineering.

065: John Wardle Architects, Billy Maynard, ASPECT Studios, Bangawarra, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Atelier Ten and Urbis

080: Architectus, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, Tyrrell Studio, Youssofzay + Hart, Akira Isogawa and Yerrabingin submitting under the working title SPARK

089: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, JMD Design, TCL, Sibling Architecture, Freeman Ryan Design, Atelier Ten.

These teams will develop their design concepts in response to the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal Design Competition Brief and present them to the Jury later this year. The Jury will then select the winning concept, which will be announced in late 2022.

The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo deliver a programming focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that showcase the Powerhouse Collection, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the creative industries.

The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

The Design Competition is being managed by City Lab on behalf of Create NSW, Powerhouse and Infrastructure NSW, alongside a jury of architecture and cultural industry experts chaired by Wendy Lewin LFRAIA, Commissioner, NSW Independent Planning Commission and Principal, Wendy Lewin Architects.

Find out more at Powerhouse Ultimo Design Competition

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