Project Description

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Western Australian Museum

PERMANENT GALLERY DESIGN

Project Commenced: April 2017
Project Completed: April 2019
Floor Area: 800- 1000sqm per gallery

Thylacine’s role

  • design management
  • interpretive design
  • graphic design
  • media design
  • lighting design

Project Overview

Thylacine have recently completed a major, internationally advertised contract for the redevelopment of the Western Australian Museum. We developed five new permanent galleries, located in both new and heritage buildings, which were designed by OMA (principal Rem Koolhaas) and Hassell architects. Over two years we designed  ‘Continuous Cultures’, ‘Voices’, ‘Origins’, ‘Connections’ and ‘Innovations. The design packages for the galleries were completed and released for tender in April 2020  and the galleries are due to open in late 2020.

The Western Australian Museum (WAM) New Museum Project (NMP) is a long-awaited and exciting project with a contemporary approach to interpretation and audience engagement. Exhibition design was developed in a multidisciplinary and thematic way and underpinned by the philosophy of ‘people first’. The Museum’s belief in the project as a collaboration with the people of Western Australia was a synergistic aspiration that fit with Thylacine’s approach to interpretive design.

Central to this approach is the notion of an ‘activated museum’, which facilitates interaction, collaboration, immersion, ownership, empowerment and co-creation with the community. Thylacine’s design facilitates connection for diverse audiences, including intergenerational and intercultural visitors, creating interconnected journeys that can be experienced both in the physical and virtual realms, with the Museum acting as a gateway to the State—and the world beyond.

Audiences engage with Western Australian content through innovative design, which adopts a state-of-the-art interpretive approach to object display, multimedia and digital learning experiences, and extends to artist commissions and a range of theatrical and immersive spaces. Natural, social, and cultural heritage content are translated into compelling and distinctive exhibitions that profoundly connect visitors to the stories of Western Australia, and reflect its extraordinary landscapes, biodiversity and the stories of its people.

Client The Western Australian Museum and their stakeholders. Project partners iredale pedersen hook architects, media designers Mental Media and Eye Candy and lighting designer Illuminated Design.