New café planned for National Gallery of Australia

A new contemporary dining experience is planned for the National Gallery of Australia in Kamberri / Canberra.

The National Gallery of Australia has announced the development of a new dining destination, appointing Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) to design a contemporary café slated to open by mid-2025.

Located at the main entrance of the Gallery in Kamberri / Canberra, the new café will open onto the Australian Garden with views of James Turrell’s architectural skyspace ‘Within without’ (2010), providing a range of dining options for visitors to the National Gallery and the local cultural precinct.

GML is delighted to be a part of the broader KTA project team, providing detailed heritage advice and a heritage impact assessment for the proposed café fit-out.

The National Gallery in Parkes, ACT, is a place of immense heritage significance, exhibiting a combination of historical, architectural, and cultural values. The NGA is a key part of the broader landscape of the National Triangle precinct of Canberra and specially, the Parliamentary Zone, considered Australia’s most significant and symbolic public space.

GML has a longstanding relationship with the National Gallery, having previously provided extensive heritage advice for various projects, including recent proposed capital works. Our understanding of the Gallery’s heritage values has also informed projects such as the review and update of the Heritage Management Plan for the High Court of Australia and National Gallery Precinct for the National Capital Authority, as well as heritage advice for the installation of the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary major outdoor sculpture, ‘Ouroboros’ by Lindy Lee.


Image credit: Janet Fieldhouse, Kalaw Lagaw Ya/Meriam Mir peoples, Sister Charm 2023, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, on loan from the artist and Art Makers.