Architecture firm Cox has unveiled plans for a $100 million Museum of Mining in Western Australia to be built in time for the state’s 2029 bicentenary.
The project is headed by award-winning architect Steve Woodland, designer of state projects such as the Albany Entertainment Centre and WA Maritime Museum, as well as international ventures such as Ascott Park Place in Dubai and the in-development Oman Across Ages Museum, and encompasses a celebratory vision of Perth’s mining heritage.
“Mining touches the lives of many Western Australians across a myriad of levels and these connections should be told and celebrated,” Woodland said.
Woodland hopes to use either the disused East Perth power station or a point between the new Perth Stadium and casino (the Burswood Peninsula) as a location on which to build the museum.
The museum is expected to include a real pit, simulators and several other unique facets in order to make it stand out and attract interstate and international attention.
“I think, done well, it would be globally unique and globally significant,” Woodland added.