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Key features

The revised concept design scheme for the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo Revitalisation was developed by architects Durbach Block Jaggers partnering with Architectus, Tyrrell Studio and Youssofzay + Hart.  

The design concept for the revitalisation of the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo responds to community feedback. It includes:  

  • New and upgraded exhibition spaces to international museum standards to support the ongoing operation of the museum
  • Improving accessibility throughout the museum and precinct to meet current standards 
  • Retaining and revitalising the 1988 Wran building
  • Conserving and restoring the original heritage fabric of the Ultimo Power Station built in 1899 and the Turbine Hall from 1902, and further integrating the 1901 Post Office on Harris Street
  • Reorienting the museum’s main entrance to face The Goods Line, maximising use of this popular pedestrian link and improving access to public transport
  • Creating a major new landscaped public domain accessible from The Goods Line and Macarthur Street 
  • Providing a new café accessible from the forecourt and a new rooftop terrace
  • Creating a purpose-built space to support the Powerhouse Academy learning program
  • Activating the Harris Street frontage with industry spaces and recreational spaces to enhance the museum’s contribution to the streetscape and Ultimo community.

Site location

The project is located within the site of the existing Powerhouse Museum Ultimo at 500 Harris Street, Ultimo.

The State Significant Development Application includes the Ultimo Power Station, Wran building, the former Post Office, Boiler House and Turbine Hall. The Harwood building is not included in this development and will be retained for museum use.

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