OMOA Competition WINNER Announced

Published: 18 August 2022

The winner of the international architectural competition for the design of a new museum is announced

Outback Museum of Australia architectural design winner announced

Melbourne-based March Studio has won the prestigious architectural competition for the Australian Outback Museum in Charleville as was announced on Thursday, October 6.

The $320,000 architectural design competition was the next step in constructing the $7.94 million tourism hub at the Top Secret Tourism Precinct in Charleville.

March Studio won the $40,000 first prize, with Hassell securing the $20,000 second prize in the competition and $10,000 awarded to Adhaeream as the third-placed entry.

All 16 qualifying entries went through a rigorous vetting process by the appointed jury of architectural professionals and Murweh Shire Council to choose the winning design.

The jury stated the winning entry ‘strongly aligned with community preferences’ outlined in the recent public consultation process.

‘Its character, functionality and chosen materials are considered to meet the program’s call for an exemplar building, with an innovative but simple and agile design that will stand the test of time.’

Murweh Shire Council Mayor Shaun ‘Zoro’ Radnedge said the design embraced an innovative approach to creating a sustainable and resilient building that offers immersive and multi-sensory experience installations for all visitors to experience the outback.

‘The winning entry stood out as an innovative design by strongly meeting all the selection criteria,’ he said.

‘The museum will become an icon of the precinct and tourism in Australia and internationally.

‘It will show a deep understanding of the outback, and Charleville in particular, the land of the Bidjara People, and become a memorable interactive experience for tourists and locals alike.

‘With a successful public consultation, it is an exciting time to be part of an outstanding Outback Museum of Australia project.’

Last week Professor Karine Dupre from Griffith University Institute of Tourism (GIFT) conducted a three-hour community consultation that asked for ideas on the museum’s content. Community members suggested focusing on indigenous people, agriculture, climate change, and the role of women in the future of outback Australia. 

The next community consultation on the project is scheduled for November, focusing on specific content ideas and interactive technologies in the lead-up to an expected start date for museum construction in March 2023.

A total of $7.94 million has been allocated for developing Murweh Shire’s  tourism precinct over the next 18 months, including the Outback Museum of Australia; the interactive World War II Museum, Charleville Airfield Museum  and the Augathella Cultural Museum.

This precinct development is set to complement existing regional tourism facilities and in particular the shire’s  WWII Secret Base Museum and tour, the Cosmos Centre & Observatory, a planetarium, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Visitor Centre.

See the WInning Design

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