An innovatively designed new café at The National Museum of Australia will soon add to the ever-expanding repertoire of Peter Rowland Catering.
he award-winning hospitality business Peter Rowland Catering is the food and beverage partner of the prestigious National Museum of Australia, and in November, will add its new 200-seat café to its portfolio, along with a range of newly refurbished spaces.
The new Museum Café is part of an $11 million revamp to the gallery expected to be complete in November. It will open up the building to showcase lake views and provide more space for exhibits. The original architect Ashton Raggatt McDougall has been commissioned for the project, and has been encouraged to continue the daring use of design and colour.
The new design will capitalise on the museum’s position that turns its back on the site, opening up to beautiful views of Lake Burley Griffin and the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. The new lakefront café will have a spine of floor-to-ceiling windows and swing out the back of the building to bring the experience of the museum right onto the lake.
Moving the cafe out of the main hall will create space to showcase exhibits that have remained in storage. A Percival Gull monoplane from 1936 will be pulled from storage and hung in the main hall to look as though it is flying towards the exhibition galleries. Other objects to be brought out on display will include a horse-drawn wagon known as the Saw Doctor’s Wagon made in the 1930s by Harold Wright, and Hong Hai, the Vietnamese fishing vessel used to transport refugees to Australia in 1978, possibly to go in the Garden of Australian Dreams.
Peter Rowland was specially selected to serve food that would reflect the standards of the museum’s most impressive spaces. The venue is one of contemporary style, to be admired in the dramatic lines of the Museum Hall, the conceptual and stylised Australian Garden of Dreams, and the waterside Amphitheatre.
These venues join the diverse series of respected spaces of Canberra the company serves.
The Commons Function Centre in the Australian National University is one of these. It features a dynamic room that can be divided into two separate function areas, both opening onto a beautifully appointed courtyard. Located within the Australian National University and just minutes from the CBD, the venue is an ideal space for conferences, cocktail parties or dinner functions.
With a 50 year history catering for some of Australia’s highest profile corporate and private clients, venues and major sporting events, Peter Rowland Catering has a strong track record to deliver the best for your next event.