Sydney Modern Project

Sydney Modern Project

The Sydney Modern Project is an expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW. The scope of the project includes:

  • three additional pavillions
  • 3400 square meters of terraces, and
  • redevelopment of a World War Two fuel bunker into an immersive gallery.

Key Dates

Mar 2013 Project Announcement
Sep 2019 Contract Award
Nov 2019 Construction Commencement
Nov 2022 Construction Completion
Dec 2022 Operations/Service Commencement

Funding contributions

User charges
NSW Government

$100 million was recieved in Philanthropic donations.


Procuring Agency: The Art Gallery of NSW
Successful Tenderer: Richard Crookes Construction


Mar 2013 The Art Gallery of NSW released their strategic vision and masterplan, including the development of a dedicated modern art wing.
Oct 2014 12 Architectural firms were been shortlisted to design the Sydney Modern expansion.
May 2015 Japanese Firm SAANA was selected as the successful architects for the Sydney Modern.
Jun 2017 The NSW Government committed $244 million for the construction of the Sydney Modern project.
Sep 2019 Richard Crookes Construction was selected as the successful contractor for the construction of the Sydney Modern.
Nov 2019 Construction commenced on the Sydney Modern Project.
Nov 2022 The Art Gallery of NSW announced construction has been completed on the Sydney Modern Project, and will open to the public on 3 December. The expansion is the first public art museum in Australia to achieve a six-star Green Start design rating.
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New South Wales |