Adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin, the purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to present the faces of Australia, and to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.
The Gallery was designed and built to harmonise with the surrounding buildings of national significance, whilst reflecting the building’s inherent purpose. The team used the following construction methods to achieve this:
The façade design connects the interior with the external landscape and views, while the application of translucent glazed windows maximises the use of natural daylight.
Environmentally sustainable design was a key priority for the National Portrait Gallery, but it had to be balanced with the conflicting environmental demands of displaying artwork, a safe and comfortable atmosphere for visitors and staff, and the demands associated with preservation, conservation and storage of artwork.