Northern Territory

ARM Architecture and Troppo win contract to design $50m Museum of the Northern Territory

NORTHERN TERRITORY Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss last week announced that a partnership between ARM Architecture and Troppo has been selected as the successful tenderer to lead the government's vision to establish a new Museum of the Northern Territory.

"This is an exciting initiative that will be led by a team of experts, well-connected and well-versed on design methodologies that suit the Territory. The new Museum will embody what it means to be Territorian. It will become a prominent legacy for future generations to share in our story," Ms Moss said.

Darwin city skyline
Above: Darwin city skyline / by Geoff Whalan.

The $50 million Museum of the Northern Territory is a centrepiece project of the Darwin City Deal bid aimed at rejuvenating the CBD, with the Territory Government already contributing a $100 million down payment and seeking a similar contribution from the Federal Government.

"The Government is investing in the Territory's arts and cultural assets because we know they attract more visitors, provide a boost to the economy and create local jobs," Ms Moss said.

"The design for the new Museum will reflect our rich multicultural identity. The design will also capture the significance of the Myilly Point location, reflecting the site's own history particularly Larrakia heritage and the significance of the Kahlin Compound."

The design team will lead an extensive consultation process across the Territory to inform the development and design concept for the new Museum. They will work with local stakeholders including a range of expert historians and representatives from Territory communities. Consultation will begin immediately with targeted stakeholders and an opportunity for broader public consultation process will follow.

According to the government, highlights of the new Museum include:

  • Improving the representation of the Territory by telling the stories through building design that showcase the historical and cultural exhibits;
  • Illustrating the history and meaning of the Territory for its residents past and present;
  • Incorporating heat mitigation materials and design including energy efficient and innovative green design as a lead capital project under the City Deals program;
  • Providing a public facility for the benefit of all Territorians and visitors to the Territory through engagement and participation;
  • Providing appropriate facilities for the storage, research recording and display of art, cultural items and generally all pertinent artefacts; and
  • Providing for cafĂ©(s), public program spaces, such as auditoriums, and retail spaces.

Ms Moss said the current consultation work being done on the 10-year Museum Masterplan for Darwin and Palmerston will complement the design consultancy for the Museum of the Northern Territory.

Photo: Darwin city skyline / Geoff Whalan / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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