Candidates line up to build new Perth’s WA museum

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Candidates line up to build new Perth's WA museum
The view from Francis Street of the WA Museum “backyard” where the new complex will be built

Firms headed by Norman Foster, the mind behind London’s “The Gherkin” skyscraper, French architect Jean Nouvel and Dutch designer Rem Koolhaas – all winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture – are in the three consortia short-listed to develop the Perth Cultural Centre site.

Construction firm John Holland heads a design and construction team involving Foster and Partners, which also designed the British Museum’s Great Court, and local architects Hames Sharley.

A joint venture of the Doric Group and Tecnicas Reunidas builders have teamed with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, responsible for the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, and Perth architects Cameron Chisholm Nicol and Parry and Rosenthal Architects.

The third shortlisted consortium is Brookfield Multiplex working with Mr Koolhaas’ Rotterdam firm OMA, which designed the Musee National Des Beaux Arts in Quebec, and local architects HASSELL.

Arts Minister John Day said the three consortia now would work with the Government on their design proposals for the new museum to ensure they met the State’s requirements. []