The new Asian galleries allow the permanent collection of Asian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to expand and provides a world class space for traveling exhibitions. The interior design of the gallery was flexible to accommodate the curatorial and technical demands for the display of the permanent collection of Asian art and a wide range of temporary exhibitions, from traditional art to contemporary installations. The plan allows for easy subdivision of the gallery and for paid entry queuing. The project includes a restaurant and café, conservation laboratories and offices, and the conversion of existing space into additional temporary exhibition gallery space.
“The architects have succeeded in demonstrating a deep understanding of the needs of a gallery, and have created powerful well-lit spaces, which are wonderfully adaptable – allowing for different exhibition and curatorial requirements.” Jury Citation, NSW Architecture Awards, 2004
2004 National Commendation, Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Buildings, AIA National Architecture Awards
2004 Architecture Award for Public and Commercial Buildings, NSW Architecture Awards