AL_A (UK) and Architectus (Australia)
AL_A is the award-winning architecture and design studio founded by the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete CBE with Directors Ho-Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet. Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design. Collaborating with ambitious and visionary clients, they develop designs that are conceptualised as urban projects, not just buildings and projects, that express the identity of an institution, a city or a nation. Recently completed projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London; the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP (2016) and a 13-hectare media campus and a 37,700sq m2 headquarters building for Sky (2016) in London.
Bernardes Architecture (Brazil) and Scale Architecture (Australia)
Bernardes Architecture and Scale Architecture joined forces to develop a concept for the new Powerhouse representing as a powerful institution for social, cultural and economic empowerment. This partnership merges two architectural heritages that share more than latitudes and a hemisphere. Both Brazilian and Australian contemporary architectures are rooted in a unique type of modernity that encompasses careful adaptations to each country’s colonial and Indigenous cultures. To Bernardes and Scale, architecture is a driver for the invigoration of public life, citizenship, equity and identity. The partnership offers a portfolio that includes institutions that have been responsible for reactivating extensive city regions. From the Museum of Art of Rio, which became the gateway to the city’s redeveloped port region, to Brincante Institute, a music school whose building emerged as resistance against São Paulo’s real-estate speculation, both offices strive to design strong cultural institutions.
BVN Architecture (Australia) and Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy)
BVN and Carlo Ratti Associati are brought together by their shared interest in the impact of digital technologies on our cities, lives and the way buildings are designed to shape our future.
BVN is an award-winning architecture studio based in Australia and New York, with a 95-year history of work built both within Australia and internationally. BVN as lead entity, has more than $7 billion of public work currently in design and construction. They are leading some of Australia’s most innovative projects in prefabricated mass timber construction, robotics and digitised design processes. Carlo Ratti Associati is an international design and innovation practice based in Turin, Italy, with branches in New York and London. Led by Carlo Ratti, listed by Wired as one of the ‘50 people who will change the world’, his practice is currently involved in many projects across the globe, merging high-profile design with cutting-edge digital technologies.
CHROFI (Australia) with Reko Rennie (Australia)
CHROFI was founded in 2000 after winning the international competition for TKTS Times Square in New York. The practice is widely recognised for its design excellence and innovation, from fields as varied as planning, architecture, branding and urbanism. CHROFI is renowned for its urban strategy and typological invention. The practice always searches for the most pertinent questions in the quest to explore new possibilities. For the new Powerhouse, CHROFI has partnered with Reko Rennie. Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.
Moreau Kusunoki (France) and Genton (Australia)
A fresh architectural collaboration between Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki and Sydney based architectural practice Genton is the core creative team to forge the new Powerhouse. Culture and community are the core of a delicate and clean design strategy. Moreau Kusunoki’s Franco-Japanese roots grant a diverse international design culture, complemented by Genton’s proven track record for successfully delivering complex projects. The team is both accomplished and dynamic, harnessing established experience and liberating emerging talent. To realise the full potential of the new Powerhouse, the team will challenge the conventional program of the modern-day museum to create a place of collective memory, reflection and community. The collective vision is to instil a lasting memory through the creation of unique environmental experiences, existing in perfect harmony with the evolving social, cultural and physical landscape of the site.
Steven Holl Architects (United States) and Conrad Gargett (Australia)
Steven Holl Architects is an award-winning architecture and urban design office based in New York and Beijing. Founded in 1977, the firm has extensive international experience in the arts, campus and educational facilities, and complex urban projects. With each project, the firm explores new ways to integrate an organising idea with the programmatic and functional essence of a building. Rather than imposing a style upon different sites and climates, the unique character of a program and site become the starting point for an architectural idea. Past cultural projects include the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Cité de l’Océan et du Surf, Herning of Contemporary Art Museum, and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Steven Holl Architects has partnered with industry-leading, Sydney-based architectural firm Conrad Gargett to ensure a design that is both world-renowned and responsive to Parramatta’s unique character.