Winning design for new Powerhouse Museum revealed

The design by architectural team Moreau Kusunoki and Genton has been called ‘a monstrosity on stilts’ by its detractors.

If the Berejiklian Government was hoping the controversy around the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta would die down once plans for the new building were revealed, they’re probably shaking their heads today.

Shadow Arts Minister and Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord has slammed the winning design by architectural team Moreau Kusunoki and Genton, calling the proposed structure ‘a monstrosity on stilts’ and saying it was costly as well as ugly.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts