Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

The process

Key milestones

The key project milestones to date have been:

2011: Sydney Modern Masterplan Framework, jointly prepared by the Gallery and Johnson Pilton Walker, was completed.

Download Sydney Modern Masterplan Framework Section 1-4 (PDF 13.3 MB)

Download Sydney Modern Masterplan Framework Section 5-7 (PDF 6.9 MB)

March 2013: Launch of the Sydney Modern strategic vision and master plan to transform the Gallery into an art museum of the 21st century

June 2013: NSW Government committed $10.8 million to advance plans for the Gallery expansion

September 2014: Jury announced for Sydney Modern Project competition

October 2014: Twelve shortlisted architects announced for Stage 1 submission

January 2015: Five shortlisted architects announced for Stage 2 submission

May 2015: SANAA announced as preferred architect

June 2015: NSW Government committed $4 million to progress the design and planning of the Sydney Modern Project

June 2017: NSW Government committed $244 million to build the Sydney Modern Project

November 2017: State Significant Development Application lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and start of public exhibition

December 2017: Public exhibition of State Significant Development Application concludes

April 2018: Response to Submissions Report lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment following review and consideration of all submissions received.


Current project stage

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is considering the Gallery’s State Significant Development Application, all submissions received and the Gallery’s response to those submissions, in assessing and determining the outcome of the Development Application. The next project milestone will be determination of State Significant Development Application by NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Minister for Planning, sometime in the second half of 2018.


Future indicative timeframes

Second half of 2018: Determination of State Significant Development Application by NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Minister for Planning

2019: Commencement of construction

2021: Completion of the new building in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gallery’s founding in 1871