The new structure is an anthropological vessel “Touching the Earth Lightly” (an aboriginal dictum). Our aim for state-of-the-art technology and maximum flexibility with vast interior spaces of exposed structure and circulation has an outer case in hexagonal glass tiles (solar PV). The red-orange tiles are small enough to conform to the curving mass and gradually change color to light blue above the plaza. The main exhibition hall of 3000 m2 floats above an open public riverfront plaza. A great public space and a gift to the city and community, this plaza is proposed to be paved in earthen tiles via an original aboriginal design. The tower form is tilted at 23 ½ degrees, the tilt of the earth’s axis (which is reversed in the buildings reflection in the Parramatta river). A large upper-roof garden has a disc pattern solar pergola (the entire building is ecological gold leeds) and a recycled rain reflecting pool.
As a social condenser, the new museum mixes people, nature, and culture in a riverfront plaza and 3 different roof gardens. As it appears to float, over the large riverfront plaza its form vaguely might recall the Mandjabu; beautiful anthropomorphic fish traps made by Aboriginal people.
Circulation in escalators is inscribed in the facades for joy of viewing out and is grouped near the glass elevators to facilitate interior orientation for all. Office artist residences and studies at the top of the tower have natural light and views and a special stepped sky garden at the very top. This iconic new building combines scientific optimism, high technology, and the spiritual and natural values of Aboriginal Culture.