Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

The Institute's New Building

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

The Institute's New Building

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The new building for the Institute, co-located with the National Museum of Australia on Acton Peninsula, is nearing completion (notes Kingsley Palmer, Deputy Principal). The architectural impact of the two buildings will contribute a significant innovative dimension to the Canberra skyline.

The building will be handed over to the Institute for occupation on 22 January 2001. Work is currently under way on internal room partitions, installation of windows and finalising services. External cladding is being applied and architectural features incorporated into the facades. Security, lighting, power and data distributions have been agreed in principle and work on the installation of these services is progressing.

The purpose-build vaults will allow the Institute to store its priceless collections of books, manuscripts, photographs, films and other materials in climate-controlled secure conditions--a great improvement on current facilities. Extensive use will be made of compactus units within the vaults, which will provide adequate space for future acquisitions. The fit-out budget has also provided for much-needed new furniture and workstations, while the Council Room, seminar and lecture rooms will be fitted with high-quality audiovisual equipment and some interesting design finishes.

Inside the main entrance will be an exhibition hall, some 30 metres in length, which will be known as the Rom Gallery. …

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