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The new National Portrait Gallery

By Holden Caulfield - 3 December 2008 28

[First filed: December 01, 2008 @ 14:20]

The new National Portrait Gallery opens soon.

There’s a preview for members tonight and a media day on Wednesday. I don’t fall into either of those groups but have been driving past the site pretty much every weekday during its construction.

I reckon the building looks pretty cool and would love to hear any inside gossip or info about the move to the new location.

For more info visit

UPDATED: HC has sent in some pictures of the NPG. Slideshow below:

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28 Responses to
The new National Portrait Gallery
Holden Caulfield 6:45 pm 02 Dec 08

I’ve sent a few images to johnboy, and with any luck he’ll include them in here.

Holden Caulfield 11:49 am 02 Dec 08

No probs. I’ll be more diligent on my drive home this arvo and grab a picture or two.

H1NG0 11:33 am 02 Dec 08

Ah cool. Cheers Holden.

Holden Caulfield 11:30 am 02 Dec 08

H1NG0, follow this link, you can also access more pre-construction com gen imagery as well if stuff around for a bit…

H1NG0 11:08 am 02 Dec 08

This article is useless without photos

Holden Caulfield 10:03 am 02 Dec 08

Did anyone go to the preview last night? Looked like quite a crowd building as I drove past at about 5:45 on the way home from work yesterday afternoon.

stereo henry 8:11 pm 01 Dec 08

in not i 🙂

stereo henry 8:11 pm 01 Dec 08

the amount of light i each of the gallery spaces can be manipulated through a very clever electronic blind system that can take the room from sunlit to quite dark very quickly

Thumper 6:02 pm 01 Dec 08

I meant, it appears that they have gone for form over function.

However, can’t wait to go and see it.

Thumper 5:48 pm 01 Dec 08

Natural light?

No, no, no….

When will they learn. Form over function….

astrojax 5:04 pm 01 Dec 08

i thought the whole point of the large flat rooves was to harvest water. so an architects’ info session i attended told me…

sheesh, so much for that – do they have an abundance already? mebbe they should get a feed-in tarrif!

shanefos 4:08 pm 01 Dec 08

Was there on Friday evening for the “Family & Friends” night.
Very impressive building.
However, I’ve heard some grumbling about there being far too much natural light in some spaces, hence all of the big curtains over a lot of the windows. Lots of lovely natural UV light fading all those priceless portraits! Oops!
And I’m glad I got inside before the storm hit because the rain pouring off the roof at the main entrance was a solid sheet of water. My advice would be, if you’re planning on heading down for a look see, ensure you take a very large umbrella if there is even a slight chance of rain!
The cafe isn’t too bad either.

Granny 3:11 pm 01 Dec 08

It sounds beautiful, stereo henry! I am keen to see it now.

: )

Holden Caulfield 3:04 pm 01 Dec 08

That’s awesome henry, thanks for your reply. Looks like there is a cafe with a balcony at the Lake Burley Griffin end of the building, which, I imagine will be a nice place to be.

Just heard during a break in the cricket that the public opening is on Thursday.

stereo henry 2:59 pm 01 Dec 08

I went in a couple of weeks ago; the interior and exterior of the building, in my humble opinion, is amazing.

The interior is warm and welcoming, drawing inspirations from shearing sheds and the australian landscape, whilst embracing a modernist exterior. They’ve also introduced a lot natural light (often missing in national institutions), which adds to the ‘feel’ of the place.

I particularly liked the understated interior and the use of a variety of Australian timbers against a stark white background (the parquetry in the main hall is particularly beautiful) – i would live in the gallery, if only they’d let me!

I think the architect and design team have created an amazing building that will be the envy of Australia.

I know this reads like I’m affiliated with the gallery in some way. I am not. I am just impressed by our new National Portrait Gallery!

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