Studio Ongarato shortlisted as part of the design team for Sydney Powerhouse Museum Competition

We are excited to announce that Studio Ongarato as part of the design team led by Steven Holl Architects and Conrad Gargett, has been shortlisted as one of six finalists to create concept designs for the landmark new Powerhouse Precinct at Paramatta, Sydney.

The Powerhouse Precinct is the largest cultural infrastructure project currently being undertaken in Australia. It will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions, setting an international benchmark in cultural precinct design.

Founded in 1879, the Powerhouse Museum is a major collection of 500,000 objects relating to science and industry. The organisation has been based in Sydney’s Ultimo district since 1988 and is part of New South Wales’s larger Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). The competition – focused on a 24-hour museum – will showcase the internationally-significant MAAS collection and support a dynamic program of changing exhibitions.

The finalists were selected by a Shortlisting Panel led by Jury Chair, Naomi Milgrom AO and including competition jury members Kim Crestani, City Architect, City of Parramatta Council; David Gianotten, Managing Partner – Architect, OMA; Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive, MAAS; Wendy Lewin FRAIA, Principal, Wendy Lewin Architect; and David Riches, Head of Projects, Infrastructure NSW.

The finalists will have three months to develop concept designs, which will be shown to the public in a physical exhibition and online gallery before the international jury meets to decide the winning design.