National Archives Preservation Facility

DOMA Group
Kiernan May
Mitchell ACT
$64 Million

The National Archives Preservation Facility is a new records storage, management and preservation facility. The building complex consists of two boxes arranged around a central circulation spine providing flexible access to records storage on one side and records management and preservation on the other.

A prime function of the new facility is to help preserve the nation’s history so we can learn and pass on our story to future generations. The architectural dialogue in respect of the design of the archives building is to reflect not only the importance of being able to safely and securely store government documents, but also to express national symbolic significance and responsibility as keeper of the nation’s collective memory. The building is important to the nation as a whole. Its significance is therefore expressed and celebrated.

National Archives of Australia Preservation Facility

The facade of the records storage box references the Australian landscape by depicting a weathered, uneven, randomly disposed and sunburnt surface that may evoke a granite outcrop catching a rising or setting sun. The key element in preserving the nation’s records, the passage of time, is suggested by this reference to the ancient landscape.


Records Management belongs to now and is aimed at the future. In this building the records are managed and processed to preserve and to make them available for future generations use.


Records Storage is the part of the archives facility that stores the nation’s historical documents. The pattern and material of the facade is organic and suggests the natural landscape.

National Archives Preservation Facility Storage