Building on the Housemuseum's popular and critical success, a major extension to the Housemuseum is currently nearing completion.
Opening in March 2019, the Housemuseum Galleries will operate as a public museum, open to the public six days each week throughout the year.
The new design of the Galleries echoes the distinctive angular forms and design of the original Housemuseum.
The materials and finishes used in the new Galleries reflect its role as a public museum. Its sculpted, high relief facades are clad entirely in bluestone, sourced and extracted from an ancient quarry in Port Fairy, western Victoria.
The Galleries' internal spatial design also reframes the spatial structure of the original Housemuseum - a series of enclosed, box-like exhibition spaces surrounded by peripheral gallery spaces.
The large central gallery space has a 5.5m high ceiling, offering maximum flexibility in the presentation of large scale contemporary artworks and installations. Measuring 13m x 26m, the central gallery is surrounded by peripheral galleries, each offering a different character and aspect.
A public forecourt and rear courtyard provide additional sites for the display of art and artefacts and extend the museum's exhibition spaces beyond its walls.
The Galleries include a reception/ticketing area, a small cafe overlooking the northern sculpture courtyard and a retail shop.
Offices for museum staff are located on the first floor of the building and a dedicated basement area provides secure storage for works in the museum's permanent Collection.