National Archives

We shone the light on Australia’s memory, history and identity for this nationally significant facility.


  • Canberra, Australia


Project Value

  • $64 Million

Project Status

  • Completed 2017

Image courtesy: Kiernan May


The National Archives Preservation Facility in Canberra is a new, state of the art facility for the collection, preservation and storage of items of national significance for Australia. We provided engineering design for a wide range of building services, including specialist lighting design.


The unusual nature of the building presented an interesting range of lighting challenges, with applications including photography, colour matching, records preservation and cold storage, in addition to architectural front-of house areas and a striking façade.


With the building fronting a major road, the façade lighting succeeds in expressing the unique architectural design of the façade, invoking a granite outcrop catching the rising or setting sun.