Client: National Gallery of Australia
In December 2013 NGA engaged AMC to assist them in the detailed design and documentation of a proposed new mezzanine to their existing storage facility given the existing 4,500m² facility was reaching capacity in the provision of secure offsite storage for surplus artworks and those that cannot be displayed. This included high density storage of painting, indigenous bark and other artworks. The project is quite complex and includes the insertion of a 600m² post-tensioned concrete mezzanine within the existing building and upgrading the existing mechanical plant to provide improved climate control. As a result of these works AMC were subsequently commissioned to assist in the preparation of a feasibility study and concept design for their proposed new offsite storage facility. This 2,500m² facility will house and restore art works, and includes specific requirements such as an enclosed secure loading dock capable of handling semi-trailers and large scale flexible climate controlled spaces capable of handling some of their largest paintings. The concept design utilises a mix of articulated off-form pre-cast concrete and profiled metal cladding to provide a building which is functional and yet attractive providing secure storage for the NGA’s overflow and delicate artworks.