Bunker Down—Sydney Is Getting An Underground Art Gallery In A Former WWII Fuel Bunker

By Sammy Preston
21st Nov 2018

Sydney Modern Project | The Urban List

Whether or not we’re in for some sort of pending zombie apocalypse, it seems Sydney has a new thing for what lies beneath.

Earlier this year, Transport NSW and CBRE announced they were taking expressions of interest to ‘activate’ those super-eerie tunnels under St James Station. There’s also that underground library at Green Square.

Today, the epic $344 million expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW by iconic, Pritzker Prize-winning Tokyo-based architects SANAA, has officially been given the green light.

Among its new, inspired galleries is an underground contemporary art space, repurposed from a decommissioned state heritage-listed WWII oil tank. The former naval bunker was built in 1942 to store furnace oil, which was pumped over to the naval base at Garden Island.​​

The Sydney Modern extension of the AGNSW will double the exhibition space of the gallery and is set to wrap up just in time for its 150th anniversary in 2021. We’re hoping it’ll push the gallery into the stratosphere with other incredible art spaces around the world—and help to put Sydney on the map for art too. 

For now, here are all the exhibitions you need to see this month. 

Image credit: artist's impression of the oil tank gallery space, care of SANAA. 

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