Pharos, the latest addition to Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art in Berriedale, is a pavilion primarily for housing a permanent collection of four major works by James Turrell. James Turrell’s work is unique in dealing with light and consciousness as the medium for his art; an art that is totally immersive and experimental.

Pharos was designed as a continuation of the museum’s ethos of discovering one’s own journey through the subterranean spaces, constantly punctuated with surprises. The design process involved examining numerous options with James Turrell and David Walsh. We ultimately opted for a building that extended out over the river, a high-risk strategy given the environmental sensitivity of placing foundations into the river bed. The resulting success of this approach allowed us to create a structure that differentiated itself from the rest of the museum in a clear and confident manner.



Fender Katsalidis

Practice Team

Nonda Katsalidis – Design Director
James Pearce – Project Director
Falk Peuser – Principal
James Park – Architectural Assistant
Shuian Sang – Architectural Assistant

Consultant / Construction Team

Fairbrother Construction – Builder
Vipac Engineers & Scientists – Acoustic Consultant
PDA Surveyors – Surveyor
Braddon Building Surveyors – Building Surveyor
Pitt & Sherry – Geotechnical consultant
Hall Studio – Furniture consultant
Inspiring Place – Landscape Consultant
Ireneinc Planning – Town Planner
JMG – Building Services
Gandy and Roberts – Structural consultant
March Studio, DCG, Fender Katsalidis – Bar Design
MEG – Lighting Consultant
DCG – Specialised Art Installations
James Turrell, Richard Wilson, Jean Tinguely, Charles Ross, Randy Polumbo – Integrated Art Installations
Tas Marine – Marine Consultant
Honeywell – Building Management Systems
Jess Hunniford – Photographer
Rosie Hastie – Photographer


Event Horizon, 2017, James Turrell
Lincoln, Nam June Paik; 2015.021, Memorial to the Sacred Wind, Jean Tinguely
Beside Myself, 2017, Jame Turrell
Spectrum Chamber, 2018, Charles Ross
Unseen Seen, 2017, James Turrell