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National Gallery of Australia releases designs for enhancement of the Gallery building

The National Gallery of Australia has released details of the concept for the new front entrance to the building. The concept has been developed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Managing Architects, for the National Gallery of Australia.

The concept provides new facilities for all of the main functions of the Gallery, including new gallery space, public education facilities and art storage and unpacking. A major part of the work is a new front entrance for the building with adjacent visitor facilities.

The $42.9m project to refurbish the existing building and provide a new front entrance will address shortcomings in the building's disabled access, pedestrian safety, fire safety and air conditioning, while improving all of the operations of the Gallery. Significant public spaces in the original building will be restored as a fundamental part of the proposal.

The release of the concept to the public coincides with the program of consultations that is taking place concerning the proposal, and the development of a Conservation Management Plan with the original architect for the building (Col Madigan), the National Capital Authority, the Australian Heritage Commission, and a number of other individuals and organisations.

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