GoMA Restaurant and Verandah Café

GoMA Restaurant and Verandah Café

Art galleries are notoriously introverted building types, with particular requirements according to the control of natural light,  humidity and temperature.

A central objective of the design was to create a public building that was as extroverted as possible, with a high degree of visual transparency and connectivity to the city, without compromising the purpose of the building, as a gallery for Modern art.

The challenge was to design an iconic building with a modest budget, amid high public expectations.

A requirement for after-hours cinema and café access, lead to a dual purpose foyer/atrium spanning the full width of the building and a transverse atrium running the full length of the building.

This strategy delivers natural light deep into the building, and at the same time provides immediate visitor orientation by engaging views to the city across the Brisbane River and through to the William Jolly Bridge.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Millennium Arts Precinct, Brisbane
Floor area
25 635m²
Original value
John Grealy


  • 2007 RAIA Brisbane Commendation (QLD)
  • 2007 RAIA QLD Public Architecture Award
  • 2007 RAIA National Award for Public Architecture