National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula

Role Architecture, Interior Design, Alliance Members

Value $150 million

Completed Date March 2001

peckvonhartel, in a joint venture with Ashton Raggatt McDougall, completed the Acton Peninsula Development comprising new facilities for the National Museum of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre. This project was won through an international design competition.

The National Museum of Australia has been sited at the end of the Acton Peninsula to create a new waterfront condition for Canberra.  At the heart of the facility is the Garden of Australian Dreams providing an enclosed outdoor urban garden.

The $150 Million project contains exhibition spaces, high definition digital theatres, academic and several facilities, a public library, workshops and unloading facilities, curatorial stores, work areas, administration facilities, restaurants, retail and grand public spaces.  The project was delivered through an innovative form of procurement; a project alliance.

In 2001 this project was awarded the National Partnering in Excellence Award and National New Commercial Building Award over $10 million from the Master Builders Association and in 2002 it received a merit award for Public Buildings from the Australian Institute of Architects among others.