Orange Regional Museum

Orange, NSW

State of the art exhibition precinct, capturing imagination and engagement of visitors to the Orange area

The new Orange Regional Museum was designed to be an icon for the community, calling on the engineering team to address a number of challenges in order to deliver a structure that achieves high aesthetic values, with structural integrity and practicality.

The emphasis of the design is its sloping landscaped roof that is not only a distinctive and innovative feature, but a fully accessible public green space perfect for presentations, festivals, and community events. A prominent exposed concrete edge band outlines the roof area and visually ties it to the ground floor and promenade area. The underside of the roof features exposed concrete, beams and slabs.

The exposed concrete elements were required to achieve a Class 2 finish, necessitating careful onsite monitoring and control of the build sequence, pouring of joints, curing process, and final cladding. The main museum space is contained within the roof structure – ensuring that minimal columns drop within the exhibition space, and meeting the aim of a light, natural space ‘tucked’ below the heavy landscaped roof.

A new public space that is both beautiful and functional, blending with its surrounds in a cultural precinct that is being lauded and embraced by the community.

The success of the project was built on the smooth collaboration between the project design team; the ability for our structural team to work with the architect and builder to achieve a state of the art architectural masterpiece within budget and time constraints.

Client: Orange City Council

Architect: Crone

Builder: Zauner Construction

Value: $8M

Completion: 2016

Sector: Government & Public, Art & Culture

Services: Structural, Civil


  • 2017 – NSW CIA Awards – Excellence in Commercial Buildings
  • 2017 – NSW AIA Awards – Public Architecture – Sulman Medal
  • 2017 – NSW AIA Awards – NSW Premier Prize