Queensland Museum Refurbishment

South Brisbane, Queensland

This project is the first refurbishment in the life of the Queensland Museum. It originated from an identified need to upgrade the building’s disability access and other non-compliant elements with a modest budget of $14 million.

Within this budget, we worked to resolve the non-compliances judiciously so that money might become available for enhancing the Museum’s contemporary attraction to children and adults via improved entrance court, displays, store, wayfinding pathways and restaurant.

This was accomplished by devising a method of linking all above elements through a continuous sequence of spatial interventions, climaxing in the new rooftop restaurant that overlooks the Millennium Arts Precinct. Both the sequence and the budget have been optimised by employing a consistent language of treatments, simultaneously unifying disparate parts of the museum.

The public success of the project has been to both the experience of this major Queensland cultural facility and dramatically in terms of visitation, the Museum Director writing: “For the first time in our 150 year history, we have welcomed more than one million visitors to the museum network… however it is the 22% increase to Queensland Museum (744,654) that has made all the difference, in no small part due to the interior refurbishment”.

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Interior Design Impact Award, AIDA 2016

Queensland Museum and Arts Queensland
Project Status
Completed, 2011-2012
Key Consultants
Opus McWilliam, Norman Disney & Young, Dot Dash, Eric Martin & Associates, FSD Australia
Contractor / Builder
Abigroup Contractors
Gross Floor Area
Arlyn Mangabat
Jessie Oliver
Ricky Hill
Zile Zolte
Kate Pottinger
Belinda Williamson
Stephen Gunn
Andrew Nash
Megan MacKenzie
Julian Farrell