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National Musem of Australia

In association with the architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) the Terragram team (later operating under the name Room 4.1.3) won the competition for the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) sited on the Action Peninsula in Canberra.
The project was completed on time and on budget and the Museum opened in March 2001. The project comprises a complete redesign of the Action Peninsula (~12ha). Major components of this project are the Garden of Australian Dreams, the AIATSIS Institute Garden and broad scale landscape treatment.
Described as “a playground for the mind”, The National Museum is regarded as a popular success. The landscape design and architecture work together to create a vibrant and exciting environment rich in symbolism – a testament to Australia’s complex and diverse social fabric.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Design Team: Terragram/Room 4.1.3
Architects: Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Landscape Contractor: Urban Landscapes
Client: Australian Federal Government

Year: 1997-2001