Sydney Modern – Planning approval services

Sydney Modern – Planning approval services

When completed in time for the 150th anniversary of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2021, the Sydney Modern Project will feature new and expanded facilities for future generations of local, national and international visitors. 

Architectus is working on the Art Gallery of NSW Expansion Project - Sydney Modern as Urban Planner and Executive Architect with Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architectural and design firm SANAA. SANAA was awarded the project following a two-stage invitational design competition.

The Sydney Modern Project will create a landmark global art museum for a global city with new and expanded spaces for art, live performance and film along with spaces to study and participate in cultural programs.

The Sydney Modern Project will transform the underutilised site to north of the existing Art Gallery of NSW, comprising two grassed concrete platforms – one over the Cahill Expressway and the other over disused World War II oil tanks – and help revitalise the city’s eastern cultural precinct. 

Architectus is leading the coordination of the State Significant Development application, including preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement and Response to Submissions. The application has involved a range of complex issues attributed to the site’s sensitive setting within the Domain parklands and Sydney Harbour. 

Key environmental issues have included built heritage, adaptive reuse of historic structures, archaeology (terrestrial and marine), existing trees, ecology (terrestrial and marine), layers of infrastructure across the site, challenging topography, geotechnical and contamination, landscape and site planning, accessibility, and developing a building and public spaces for high volumes of pedestrian movement.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Floor area
23 045 m²
Original value
$275.4 million
Jane Fielding

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