The Action Stations at Waterside Pavilion is part of the Australian National Museum and was built to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The architecture of the building was inspired by the boat building of Darling Harbour. The cool-toned grey exterior of the museum mirrors the two naval vessels, HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow, docked adjacent to the building.
The building itself resembles a naval vessel immersed in water. The sweeping structure uses a Kingspan panelised architectural façade system called Evolution to contrast with the glass façade and create a wave-like design. The system allowed for the creation of a unique statement building with outstanding thermal performance for a comfortable visitor experience that can also withstand the surrounding corrosive marine environment.
Since completion the Australian National Museum has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 International Architecture Award, 2016 World Architecture Festival – Display Category and the 2016 MBA Excellence Award: Public Buildings – $5M-$10M.