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Australian Architects Invited to Participate in Powerhouse Ultimo Design Competition

Artist’s impression of Powerhouse Ultimo by MogammaJune 27, 2022

Image: Artist’s impression of Powerhouse Ultimo by Mogamma.

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The NSW Government is inviting architects from around Australia to submit a Registration of Interest to design the renewal of one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, Powerhouse Ultimo.

The Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal is underpinned by a transformative $480-$500 million investment by the NSW Government to establish a world-class museum that will significantly contribute to a vital design, technology and cultural precinct in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Bringing together adaptive heritage reuse and contemporary museum practice, the renewal will transform and secure the future of the museum to ensure it will continue to serve its communities. The renewal will deliver new galleries dedicated to design and fashion alongside expanded support for creative industries and renewed spaces connecting and integrating the Powerhouse into a fast changing and dynamic part of Sydney.

“The renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo presents a city-shaping opportunity for an Australian Architect to reimagine one of the country’s most revered cultural institutions through new and expanded exhibition and public space, including the delivery of Australia’s first dedicated design and fashion galleries, said Create NSW Interim Chief Executive Annette Pitman.

“The Powerhouse has always reflected the changing nature of industries which enveloped and surrounded the site. This Design Competition will compel architects to engage with the stories of ingenuity and innovation powering local contemporary design and fashion industries. Their task is to integrate working precincts with embedded creative industries and world-class learning, research and community facilities in a contemporary museum context. As it enters its next phase of evolution, Powerhouse Ultimo will amplify and reflect the voices and ideas of our communities. We invite the nation’s best creative design teams to meet this moment with us by bringing vision and clarity to the story of our institution,” said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

“Registered Architects, architectural practices, partnerships and teams across Australia are encouraged to take up the challenge of this significant platform to leave their mark on the Australian cultural landscape. This visionary project offers a singular opportunity to embrace the rich heritage aspects of the former Power Station whilst elevating the central role of contemporary design and fashion in a landmark cultural institution”, said Competition Advisor and CityLab Founding Director Andrew Mackenzie.

Registrations of Interest open on Monday 27 June. The next phase will be an Expression of Interest, followed by a Design Competition.

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Georgia McKay, Powerhouse | 0466 223 293

Simon Thomas, Create NSW | 0478 110 728