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National Museum of Australia
by Ashton Raggatt McDougall. Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan. Architects.



Our hope for the National Museum of Australia was the making of a place in both visible and invisible space. At first we imagined as if a kind of Platonic tangle like an ideal knot, like a new cloud, like a material epistemology, like that theory of everything, like a shadow, like a promise made visible. We liked to think that the story of Australia was not one, but many tangled together. Not an authorized version but a puzzling confluence; not merely the resolution of difference but it's

wholehearted embrace. We hoped to make a place vividly local, rooted in Walter Burley Griffin’s garden city, rooted in the local country, but also we hoped to make something projective, to make a sign to mark our longing. Instead of any singular entity we envisaged a series of intense adjacencies, like puzzle pieces, as if testing plausibility, as if each became an evocative typology, as if each belonged to another language, encouraging translation, encouraging hope in an exegesis of promise.

Canberra, ACT
Ashton Raggatt McDougall. Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan. Architects.
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Project Team
Project architect: Project Director: Steve Ashton
Design architect: Design Director: Howard Raggatt
Project manager: Peter Wright
Structural consultant: Arup
Civil consultant: Young Consulting Engineers
Electrical consultant: Bassett Consulting Engineers
Mechanical consultant: Bassett Consulting Engineers
Hydraulic consultant: Young Consulting Engineers
Landscape consultant: Richard Weller Tom Sitta , Room 4.1.3
Lighting consultant: Vision Design Studio
Acoustic consultant: Bassett Consulting Engineers
Services consultant: Tyco Services
Quantity consultant: (Cost Planner) , Property Concept Management
Communications consultant: Tyco Services
Builder: Bovis Lend Lease
Exhibition Designers: Anway & Co
Security and BMS: Honeywell
Photographer: Gollings Photography
Other Team Members : Acton Peninsula Alliance Members: ACT Government, Anway & Company, ARM Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, Bovis Lend Lease, Commonwealth Government, Honeywell, Tyco International. Sub Alliance Members: National Engineering, G James, Urban Contractors, Canberra Professional Equipment, Classic Resources, Design Craft, Stag Shopfitters, UTJ, Thylacine Exhibition Preparation. Project Team Members: Steve Ashton, Alan Ball, Ken Bool, Paul Dash, Sue Dove, Catherine Evans, Marcus Fajl, Allan Flynn, Andrew Hayne, Sally Hieatt, David Homburg, Diana Jones, Jesse Judd, Nikolas Koulouras, Gustav Kroyherr, Neil Masterton, Ian McDougall, Antony McPhee, Paul Minifie, David Murrell, Rod Newton, Tony Parker, Robert Peck, Natalie Plumstead, David Pryor, Howard Raggatt, Poh Raggatt, Chris Reddaway, Salar Rofoo, Peter Ryan, Jan van Schaik, Simon Shiel, Jacinta Vines, David Waldren, Tim Wright, Tom Sitta (Room 4.1.3), Richard Weller (Room 4.1.3).

Photographs by Gollings Photography, text by Ashton Raggatt McDougall. Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan. Architects.

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