View of Australian Design Centre exterior taken from street level.

Australian Design Centre, street view. Photo (c) Boaz Nothman

Australian Design Centre

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November





Percy Gordon Craig

Additional architects

Those Architects (2015, adaptive reuse of ground floor into Australian Design Centre)

Australian Design Centre (ADC) is a leading centre for contemporary craft and design in Australia. Located on busy William Street in Darlinghurst, the Centre, formerly a car showroom, features three flexible gallery spaces, a retail space and event spaces, as well as a workplace for ADC’s staff. Those Architects worked with ADC to transform the space into the Centre’s new home in 2015. In 2019, ADC commissioned the Gadigal Mural for the back of the building. This large and significant addition speaks of place, local Indigenous culture and the importance of making on this site over millennia. The ADC building is owned by the City of Sydney, and the City of Sydney’s Art & About program partnered with ADC to produce the Gadigal Mural.

Tour experience

Learn about the adaptive re-use of a former car showroom into Australia’s leading design and craft centre. See the current exhibitions on display and browse Australian handmade objects at Object Shop. Tours will be led by Australian Design Centre staff and Ben Mitchell of Those Architects. Also included is a behind-the-scenes look at the ADC workplace and the Gadigal Mural on the back of the building.


Penny Craswell

Penny Craswell is Creative Strategy Associate at the Australian Design Centre, where she was co-curator of the ADC exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make, which is currently touring Australia. Penny is also co-director of Sydney Craft Week, an annual ten-day festival produced by ADC.

Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is co-director of Those Architects, a Sydney-based architecture and design practice based on collaboration and open dialogue in rigorous pursuit of quality design outcomes.

  • Interior photograph of Australian Design Centre, featuring the object shop.
  • Photo of the Gadigal Mural at back of Australian Design Centre building.
  • Interior photograph of Australian Design Centre, featuring staff and visitors in the gallery and events space.

Key information

Session duration

45 mins


This tour has a capacity of 20 people per session.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible