SANAA reveals Sydney Modern art gallery expansion

Pritzker Prize-winning architecture studio SANAA has unveiled its design for an extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which is currently under construction in Sydney. Named Sydney Modern, the SANAA-designed building will be built as an extension to the gallery, which overlooks Sydney Harbour near the centre of the city.

Designed to contrast the gallery’s existing 19th-century neo-classical buildings, the new standalone building will be formed of a series of rectangular pavilions that step down a hill towards Woolloomooloo Bay.The two buildings will be separated by a square described by the gallery as “a public art garden”. The interlocked pavilions will be connected by a large, multi-level atrium that will have views towards Sydney Harbour through glass walls. In total, the extension will contain 7,000 square metres of gallery space and include two galleries that are each over 1,000 square metres with 5.5-metre-high ceilings. The building will also contain a range of smaller galleries, learning studios for children and school groups, a dedicated studio for creating multimedia works and a rooftop art terrace. Another major gallery space will be under the building, as the structure will be built on top of a world war two oil tank. This space will be converted into a 2,200-square-metre underground art space, which will be used to host large-scale commissions and site-specific performances.

The project, which is scheduled for completion in late 2022, will be Japanese architecture studio SANAA’s first in Australia.

Credit : Dezeen

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