Sunday, 24 June 2012 09:58

Smith & Tzannes selected for Newcastle Art Gallery redevelopment

Smith & Tzannes have won the tender for the design development and construction documentation for extension and refurbishment to the Newcastle Art Gallery.

An original concept design and development application was lodged in 2011 by the NSW Government Architect and Clare Design. Smith $ Tzannes were selected in early 2012 to develop this design further and in doing so we have expanded the brief and scale of the project while keeping the project within its tight budget constraints.

Our revised proposal includes:

  • New roof terrace function space
  • Expanded gallery spaces
  • 3 storey atrium at the centre of the space - a new way to orientate yourself through the gallery
  • Large photovoltaic installation for power generation
  • Sustainably sourced materials
  • New air conditioning plant - although new gallery will be 3 times its current size it will use less energy
  • Rationalised design


The project is valued at $21M and includes a 4000sqm extension to the existing gallery, much needed storage areas, theatre and cafe.

The team is very excited to be working on the redevelopment of the Newcastle Art Gallery which will become a focus for cultural events in Newcastle, enjoyed by local visitors and drawing people from throughout NSW and beyond.

The project is being undertaken in association with Gold Medalist architects Lindsay and Kerry Clare from Clare Design. Engineering is being undertaken by ARUP. Our Landscape Architecture partner is Newcastle practice Mansfield Urban.

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Artemis - Volume 43, Number 2, July 2012 - January 2013. Page 20-21.