Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal

Artist’s impression of Powerhouse Ultimo created by Mogamma

Artist’s impression of Powerhouse Ultimo created by Mogamma

Create NSW is working with the Powerhouse to deliver the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal project.

The Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal is a transformative $480-$500 million investment by the NSW Government to establish a world-class museum that will significantly contribute to an important and developing part of Sydney.

The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo deliver a programming focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that showcase the Powerhouse Collection, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the creative industries.

The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

A significant investment in the development of a creative industries precinct will also deliver subsidised studio and workspaces at Ultimo for creative industries and will deliver a thriving active precinct that will contribute to the growing night-time economy. 

Project status

State Significant Development Application

A Concept State Significant Development Application (SSDA) was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for the renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo in June 2022.

The Concept SSDA was on exhibition for public comment from 21 June – 21 July 2022 and submissions are now being assessed by DPE.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss the project with us, please contact the project team on ci@create.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 743 436.

For more information visit: https://www.maas.museum/powerhouse-renewal.

Powerhouse Ultimo Design Excellence Competition

On Monday 25 July 2022, the NSW Government launched an Expression of Interest for the future national Design Competition for the Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal.

On Thursday 8 September 2022, five design teams were shortlisted and invited to participate in the Design Competition, commencing later in September 2022. Read the media release here.

The concept designed by Australian team Architectus, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, Tyrrell Studio, Youssofzay + Hart, Akira Isogawa, Yerrabingin, Finding Infinity and Arup have been chosen to deliver a visionary world-class museum for the people of NSW. Read the media release here.

For more information visit: https://ma.as/designcompetition