South Australia Museum

Adelaide, Australia
SA Museum
Civic & Cultural, Heritage & Adaptive Reuse, Urban Design & Master Planning

JPW was engaged by the South Australian Museum Foundation to develop a Masterplan for the Museum, focusing on improving visitor experience, providing additional exhibition space, and creating more opportunities for the institution to generate revenue.

By shifting perspectives, we were able see a solution of bringing the temporary exhibitions servicing from North Terrace, eliminating the need for significant engineering work of previous proposals. This strategy supported by Adelaide City Council, reduced the immediate project cost by $100M.

The concept encloses the existing courtyard to form a new entrance foyer and legible circulation, addressing the Museum’s current and future needs whilst respecting the original fabric with a proposal to expand that is aligned with the original design for the Museum which had always envisioned a central courtyard building.

“JPW showed a comprehensive understanding of the brief and could cite previous projects where they had successfully implemented solutions relevant to the Museum’s requirements. Their approach was very thorough and showed a good grasp of the project detail. The proposals were highly creative and an appropriate response to the brief.  They showed great rigor in ensuring that practical issues about cost, planning and construction had also been addressed.”

Brian Oldman
Director,South Australia Museum

JPW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country and honours their continuing connection to lands, waters, skies and communities.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging – as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work; and the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation on whose land our Studio is located.