In January 2019, an open, global search was launched for architectural teams with exceptional skills in design and placemaking for the new Powerhouse.
The open two-stage competition welcomed Australian and international design teams and strongly encouraged creative and intellectual collaborations between established and emerging talent.
The first stage of the competition attracted 74 submissions from 20 countries, made up of 529 individual firms from five continents. Six international-Australian and Australian teams were shortlisted.
The competition was organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants for Create NSW. The competition was run in accordance with the procurement requirements of the NSW Government and was formally endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects.