The Museum of Architecture and Utzon Archive is an accomplished response to a complex architectural brief that presents architecture as both content and artefact. It is a project that engages with the public through its urban responsiveness and through the clarity of organisation and idea.
Conceptually, the new gallery spaces present a clear diagram of organisation that allows the visitor to appreciate the work of Jørn Utzon through the collection and display of the archive material held in separate NSW archives, and through the physical representation of his ideas in the building itself.
The concept expresses powerful architectural ideas of podium and base walls and enclosure, all covered by a translucent veil that result in an open and approachable public building. The siting and entry to the building along the Ultimo Goods Line enhances the public nature of the new museum and would provide a positive influence to the development of this significant urban renewal project.