Powerhouse Parramatta is the most significant investment in arts and culture since the Sydney Opera House and when construction is complete Western Sydney will be home to the largest Museum in NSW.
The Moreau Kusunoki and Genton designed building will be the jewel in the crown for the Powerhouse Institution at 30,000sqm with over 18,000sqm of exhibition space including the largest column free presentation space in Australia.
Envisioned as a ‘hyper-platform’ and a building with ‘limitless potential,’ Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver seven flexible and dynamic presentation spaces that will showcase the Powerhouse Collection. Powerhouse Parramatta will be the new home of science and technology in Asia Pacific.
The Museum will introduce a landmark program for the Australian Museum sector with the establishment of the Powerlab – 60 creative residential studios that will bring together researchers, scientists, artists and students from Greater Sydney across regional NSW to collaborate and participate in Powerhouse Programs.
With expanded opening hours and a constantly changing program designed to drive repeat visitation, Powerhouse Parramatta is projected to attract two million visitors in its first year of operation.
Local, interstate and international visitors will also enjoy an annual program of large-scale cultural and community events for up to 10,000 people which will significantly expand the cultural calendar in Western Sydney.
By telling the diverse stories of the community, showcasing the Museum’s extensive collection and forging its own distinctive narrative of access and inclusion, Powerhouse Parramatta will be a landmark public institution, not only for Western Sydney, but for Australia.
The new museum will support around 1100 construction jobs, up to 2400 indirect jobs, and hundreds more once opened.
Reflecting the diverse cultures of Greater Sydney and NSW lies at the heart of the Powerhouse Parramatta project and engaging and reflecting the community it will serve is paramount to the Museum.
The Environmental Impact Statement for Powerhouse in Parramatta is currently on public exhibition until 21 July 2020. More information can be found at https://maas.museum/new-powerhouse/