Jørn Utzon’s archive is buried in boxes and basements across Sydney. This rich body of knowledge—of original drawings, prototypes, photographs and models—is a valuable public resource, alive with thoughts and experiments. Yet, it remains inaccessible and intangible to most.
Sited on a slender wedge adjacent to Sydney’s “Goods Line” urban park, the building consolidates and catalogues Utzon’s archive in a single place. Three protective, archival pillars are featured at the museum’s core, with public programs and contemporary exhibits taking place in between.
On a larger scale, the building is composed of three key elements: the display pillars, a viewing sequence that expands on Utzon’s ideals of counterpoint, and a clouded façade. Additionally, the MA|UA is open and permeable to the neighboring park.
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 MA|UA proposal was the recipient of the 2015 NSW Design Medal and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Archiprix Award.
Project leads: Jennifer McMaster, Jonathon Donnelly
Location: Ultimo, Sydney, Australia
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