Powerhouse Parramatta

Your stories. Your collection. Your new museum.

 

Powerhouse Parramatta is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions.

As the first NSW State Cultural Institution to be based in Western Sydney, Powerhouse Parramatta will increase access to culture for all and reflect the diverse communities of Greater Sydney.

Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver dynamic exclusive international exhibitions, education and community programs that will attract over 2 million visitors in its first year.

‘Powerhouse Parramatta will be Australia’s very own Smithsonian … [and] will put Australia and Parramatta on the international cultural map.’

— Professor Barney Glover AO: Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University

With over 500,000 objects in its collection, the Powerhouse is recognised internationally as one of the great repositories of shared stories of innovation and achievement, providing a comprehensive insight into our rich and diverse country.

No museum in Australia is better placed to demonstrate the continued impact of the applied arts and sciences on our world through technology, innovation, design and engineering.

Image: Powerhouse Parramatta exoskeleton prototype review. Credit: Zan Wimberley

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Image: Impression of Powerhouse Parramatta Holdmark Gallery, Mogamma

 

The Vision: Powerhouse Parramatta


Stunningly ambitious in vision and epic in scale, Powerhouse Parramatta will be:

  • The largest cultural infrastructure project in NSW since the Sydney Opera House.
  • One of the largest structural engineering and architecturally complex projects underway in Australia.
  • The largest museum in NSW at 30,000 square metres.

Some of the unique design and architectural features of Powerhouse Parramatta include:

  • 18,000 square metres for inspiring exhibitions and education programs, sharing more of the Powerhouse collection than ever before.
  • The museum is designed so that the superstructure is a celebrated architectural feature that is used to articulate the building facades. The buildings are designed with three types of steel lattices as an exoskeleton to the buildings.
  • Seven presentation spaces will be of international museum standard for the display of the Powerhouse collection, local and international exhibitions, and large-scale objects.
  • The Lang Walker Family Academy will provide world-class immersive STEM education experiences for over 10,000 high school students from Western Sydney and regional NSW every year, including overnight stays at the museum. The first in-school program, Powerhouse Future Space has commenced.
  • The Vitocco Family Kitchen will bring together leading chefs and producers from across Australia and around the world to engage audiences and communities with the histories and leading contemporary thinking about the culture and production of food. The 200-seat presentation space will feature a large-scale demonstration kitchen and utilise high-end technology to support the creation of digital content.
  • Holdmark Gallery and a new biennial exhibition focusing on innovation in design, engineering, and architecture.

‘We designed Powerhouse Parramatta to sit alongside the great cultural landmarks of the world, but it is first a meeting place and point of reference for Western Sydney.’

— Hiroko Kusunoki, Nicholas Moreau and Steven Toia: Lead Architects, Moreau-Kusunoki and Genton
Powerhouse Parramatta Architects
Photograph of architects Hiroko Kusunoki, Nicolas Moreau and Steven Toia. Image: Daniel Boud

 

Project Status


In September 2021, Powerhouse welcomed news that Lendlease was awarded the contract to deliver Powerhouse Parramatta.

Construction commenced in early 2022 and site activities are well underway in preparation for the building structure to commence in November 2022.

The first and smallest of three freestanding tower cranes, standing 60 metres high, has been installed on site to assist with the movement of heavy materials.

Work has commenced to establish the Hydraulic Formwork Systems to construct three concrete cores that will contain the lifts and stairs of the building.

Work on the construction of three new substations, sewer and stormwater continues in Dirrabarri Lane. This will provide permanent power to the site.

Completed works to date include 230 piles drilled and installed and approximately 35,000 tonnes of soil removed off site.

Visit our Media Section for major announcements. For project and construction updates, visit Infrastructure NSW.