The Building

The new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) building will be an outstanding example of exciting, best-practice contemporary museum architecture designed by one of Australia’s leading architects on a remarkable site in regional Victoria.

Designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall, the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will be a five-storey building housing the Museum, Visitor Centre, and the Kaiela Art Gallery and Studio. 
The 5,300m2 building will also house a café and event space, with a roof top viewing deck.

A 33m x 33m cube-like form, the new Museum is located on the south-eastern corner of Victoria Park Lake to maximise SAM’s greatest asset, the park setting.

Four L-shaped plates, each of different heights, make up the building’s façade. Each plate is of a different metallic finish; low sheen zinc to the southern approach; matt soft charcoal above the entry to SAM on Wyndham Street; metallic mid-grey facing the park; and rich ochre-red corten steel facing the lake and river plain.

Take a stroll through the new SAM with this 3D visualisation of some of the buildings galleries, spaces and features.

More than an art gallery

The new Shepparton Art Museum will be more than an art gallery. It will also:

  • be an inspiring, community hub for you to meet and socialise with friends and family;
  • present contemporary, international exhibitions of relevance to the our diverse cultural communities;
  • provide opportunities for you to learn, be challenged, think about, emotionally engage with and directly make your own art;
  • provide access to the art collections and our significant ceramics collection in unique and engaging ways;
  • provide a home for Kaiela Arts to present Indigenous art and support local Indigenous artists;
  • support local artists in the development and presentation of their art;
  • provide engaging experiences of nature and art in the areas surround the Victoria Park Lake Precinct;
  • be a permanent home for the Visitor Information Centre and an exciting entrance for visitors to Shepparton

Green Star Building Rating

The new Shepparton Art Museum will aim to achieve a green star rating with the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Green Star is Australia's mark of quality for the design, construction and operations for sustainable buildings, fit-outs and communities. Green Star can help save money, create a healthy place for people, minimise environmental footprint and build a better future for us all.

Our built environment is currently the world's single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and also consumes around a third of our water, and generates 40 per cent of our waste. From individual buildings to entire communities, Green Star is transforming the way our built environment is designed, constructed and operated. Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2003, Green Star is Australia's only national and voluntary rating system for buildings and communities. Green Star is helping to improve environmental efficiencies in our buildings, while boosting productivity, creating jobs and improving the health and well-being of our communities.

There are currently over 2,000 Green Star-rated projects in Australia. Learn more about Green Star Certification.