Maxton Fox was engaged to supply a range of joinery products for the bespoke fitout of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, Australia during its landmark redevelopment in 2012.

Conceptualised with the aim to make the museum a world-class art as well as educational facility, the $53-million redevelopment by Sydney architect Sam Marshall in association with the New South Wales Government Architect’s Office, commenced in August 2010 with the Museum reopening in March 2012.

The redevelopment increased the MCA’s total size by almost 50% with the addition of 4,500 square metres, including a new five-storey wing. The cutting-edge architecture of the new wing complements the existing building, while the use of new technologies sets a new standard for collaboration with audiences through a robust Wi-Fi service and unique digital infrastructure.

Following a lengthy tendering process, Maxton Fox was contracted to manufacture joinery for the Museum. The stainless steel features made for this project were extremely difficult to cut and fold. In addition, there was a requirement for these to be bent on angles for the ‘design’, which was a big challenge. However, the Maxton Fox and architectural teams were able to work on solving these issues with the R&D team at the factory.

Specific deliverables that were made bespoke for the Museum’s interior fitout included shelving within the Museum store; ticketing and reception counters; stainless steel lift fascia; all joinery within the activity based areas for children; stainless steel kitchens; hanging Corian box features; and toilet partitioning.