Eromanga Natural History Museum | Architectus

Eromanga Natural History Museum | Architectus | Photographer: Brett Boardman

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Eromanga Natural History Museum | Architectus

Traditional Land Owners
The Boonthamurra People
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Darling Downs and West Moreton

Category
Public Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
New State Builders
Photographer
Brett Boardman
Project summary

The Eromanga Natural History Museum is designed to showcase the museum’s collections and activities to the public, provide exceptional research facilities, and prepare for a future exhibition space.

The project includes an entry building with public spaces, a courtyard and workplace. A research building houses labs and spaces for fossil preparation and storage.

On Boonthamurra Country in remote Queensland, the museum’s simple yet elegant concrete form sits comfortably within the landscape. From a low ridgeline, it opens to views of bloodwood trees and Gilgai wetlands, while its canopy provides shade, and textured walls respond to light conditions.

Understanding the remote context and the client’s not-for-profit status, the team designed the museum to withstand extreme temperatures and selected robust systems and materials to minimise costs.

Close collaboration and thoughtful design have resulted in a museum that is memorable and engaging for visitors and supportive and inspiring for staff and volunteers.

Quilpie Shire Council and Eromanga Natural History Museum

The Eromanga Natural History Museum reminds us of what a museum can be; as one of the most significant social infrastructure projects in Outback Queensland, the building humors and memorialises the deep commitment and seriousness of our collections.

The space is modern and sophisticated and helps breathe a new standard of generational infrastructure in rural Australia.

The respect and sense of place for the space is what allows us to grow, educate and conserve for our communities and future generations of Australians.

We attribute the embodiment of our vision to the great client/architect relationship and professionalism of Architectus.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Arup: Hydraulic, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, Acoustic, Security and Fire

Brandon & Associates: Civil

Steensen Varming: Lighting Design

Certis: BCA, ESD

FSD Australia: Food & Beverage

Rider Levett Bucknall: Quantity Surveyor

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