Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art has the most glorious double frontage in Sydney, overlooking both Circular Quay and the Rocks. Yet the shortcomings of its structure – a 1930s designed sandstone block, formerly the home of the Maritime Services Board – were exacerbated as the museum’s exhibitions, and its crowds, expanded. Poor circulation and access, a cramped foyer, and a façade that didn’t immediately indicate the presence of contemporary art, were increasingly problematic. A long-delayed $53 million redevelopment, designed by Sam Marshall in association with the New South Wales Government Architect’s Office, was completed in 2012.