Crone Partners have unveiled their concept design for the Orange Regional Museum, the green-roofed, triangular building intended to complement the existing Sulman award-winning gallery and library.
Crone won the competitive tender for the NSW town’s museum in February 2013, following what was considered an innovative and unique approach to the brief and site.
The firm were then commissioned to carry out the concept design for the museum with a scheme highly supported by the local User Groups and Council.
Associate architect Niall Durney presented the concept design at a public launch of the scheme at the Civic Theatre forum in Orange.
He says the museum aims to respectfully integrate a new building and program to the existing cultural precinct and to create a new identity whilst strengthening current civic conditions within the site.
The low-profile triangular building includes a ground-level outdoor piazza.
The back corner of the building is cut away to create a sheltered public amphitheatre, with space for future expansionsMoveable walls will keep the museum flexible and even allow it to be used as a conference centre. Structural concrete floor and walls are designed to withstand weighty exhibits and heavy vehicles.
The Central West Daily newspaper reported that interactive counter with iPads and a wall with TV screens will greet visitors to the museum and will shield the permanent exhibition from the sunlight filtering in through two glassed walls.
The design will be on public display for 28 days and available for public comment.