Hassell & OMA win with museum design celebrating local heritage

30 June 2021
  • Peter Bennett
  • Peter Bennett
  • Peter Bennett
  • Peter Bennett
  • Peter Bennett



Perth, WA


AIA Western Australian Awards announced

The WA Museum Boola Bardip designed by Tenderstream members Hassell and OMA was the most awarded project at the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) WA Architecture Awards, with the presentation ceremony taking place online. The awards honour the contribution made by architects in Western Australia to the built environment and communities across the state. The news comes hot on the heels of the accolades received by Tenderstream member Grimshaw at the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards.

Awards jury chair Dr John Taylor stated: "The WA Museum Boola Bardip provides an extraordinary solution to a complex brief, and a superb facility for Western Australians to both understand and celebrate our special place in the world.” The project received the George Temple Poole Award, together with the John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design and the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture. It was also commended in the Heritage Architecture and Bluescope Colorbond Steel Architecture categories.

The museum project creates an external environment that knits together the rich cultural legacy of the local Whadjuk people,  providing a canvas to tell their stories and celebrate their connection to the land. At the heart of the museum is an outdoor covered space called The City Room, which is left uncluttered in order to create opportunities for flexible event planning. The design also integrates with the existing urban fabric that combines aspects of both modernist and colonial architecture. 

Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter President Peter Hobbs commented on several of the award recipients that were guided by local indigenous perspectives, stating: “There’s been genuine consideration to the communities the spaces are designed to serve and their cultural narratives, as well as the context of the surrounding landscape and environment.”

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 16.01.2014 here

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