Sydney Modern brings Tokyo-cool to the Art Gallery of NSW

Initial design concept 2

Japanese architecture will be making its way to one of the cities’ major artistic hubs. In collaboration with Tokyo-based design group SANAA, the Art Gallery of NSW is getting its biggest revamp in recent memory. With $450 million and a projected completion date of 2021 (just in time for the gallery’s 150th anniversary), this new venture is set to bring this space to the front of architectural ingenuity.

Co-founders of SANAA Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nshizawa are no newbies to such large-scale venture. Bringing experience from time completing the award-winning Manhattan’s New Museum of Contemporary Art building, SANAA’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed (taking out the highest architecture accolade, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, back in 2010).

Sydney Modern sees the AGNSW expand, hoping to blend into the existing urban and garden surrounds. They’ll be a new cultural plaza in the Royal Botanic Gardens, additional cafes and restaurant spaces plus the addition of light-filled pavilions filled with both local and international pieces.

Keep up to date with the project’s progress by clicking here.

Initial Design Concept © Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – SANAA
Source: Broadsheet Sydney

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