National Portrait Gallery

  • National Portrait Gallery

    National Portrait Gallery

Project details: 

APP plays key role in landmark Canberra building the National Portrait Gallery

Diligently representing the Commonwealth’s interests, APP play a key role as Project Director delivering the landmark $84m National Portrait Gallery, located within Canberra’s Parliamentary triangle. The low-rise Gallery is located adjacent to the High Court of Australia, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

The building fabric and form contains high-quality finishes and numerous cutting-edge environmental features. APP worked closely with the Commonwealth to develop a tailored form of contract delivery model to suit this project.

The 8,500m2 Gallery, which houses around 500 portraits including the 130 previously on display at the Old Parliament House, was completed in December 2008. The building has since won many major Architectural awards for design and construction excellence, and is a landmark in the Parliamentary precinct.


“I am writing to congratulate you on the important contribution made…to the delivery of the National Portrait Gallery, the most significant building to be constructed in the Parliamentary precinct for over 20 years. I would like to express my particular thanks for the manner in which APP Corporation…represented the Commonwealth’s interests.”

The Hon Lindsay Tanner 
MP Minister for Finance and Deregulation 
Parliament House

Project summary: 

  • Client: Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Value: $84m
  • Services: Project Management
  • Sectors: Civic Buildings
  • Location: Canberra, ACT