Art Gallery’s Sydney Modern expansion wins the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture

Congratulations to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, design architect SANAA and executive architect Architectus, for receiving the esteemed Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in the 2023 NSW Architecture Awards. This is the highest accolade in the public architecture category for these awards.

“Rethinking the orthodoxies of the art experience in relation to both enclosure and circulation, Sydney Modern provides a new type of gallery experience that is freer in movement, more connected to the landscape surrounding it, and more diverse in the scale and type of art it can house,” the Awards jury said.

The Sydney Modern Project is one of the most significant buildings delivered by RCC – a complex project with a bespoke design, executed with innovative and industry-leading construction methods. Thank you to our dedicated project team – we are proud to have delivered such an important building, now recognised with a Sulman Medal for Public Architecture.

The Art Gallery’s expansion has a 6-Star Green Star design rating, with over 8,000sqm of green roof and landscaped areas populated with Australian native species, and 735 solar panels covering close to 1,500sqm of rooftop space. Repurposing a former WWII naval oil tank as a spectacular art space was a highlight for all involved.

Suspended over one of Sydney’s busiest freeways, the new exhibition space is an expression of the city’s deep love for the arts – well done to all involved.