New museum design unveiled

THE Barnett government has unveiled plans for new WA Museum.

The $428.3 million project will see the construction of a new building which looms over the old museum, which has generated a lot of discussion amongst Voicelanders, with mixed feelings.

Architects Mark Loughnan from Hassell and David Gianotten from OMA say the building is designed to create spaces that promoted engagement and collaboration.

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The pair say they tried to capture elements of WA’s natural landscape, unique history and diverse population.

The new museum will be almost four times bigger than the existing museum and will have almost 7000sqm of gallery space and a big new area to house large-scale temporary exhibitions.

It will also feature learning studios where visitors will get to see the behind-the-scenes work of museum staff, as well as retail and cafe spaces.

The new museum is expectedd to be opened in 2020.

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