The archive is the backbone and basis upon which this new museum produces, curates and exhibits work. Three archival pillars sit at the building’s core, with public programs and contemporary exhibits taking place in between. Archive and museum co-exist in a constant dialogue between past and present, old and new. Likewise, the architecture of the MA|UA mediates between the scale required of a public building, and the human scale of the objects on display.
The building is sited on a slender wedge adjacent to Sydney’s ‘Goods Line,’ a long, linear public space which transforms a disused railway line into an urban park. In order to compliment these uses, the MA|UA is open and permeable, drawing visitors inside.