The relationship between Steensen Varming and the Art Gallery of New South Wales spans three decades, three generations of plant upgrade, the incorporation of new technology and media plus major extensions including a striking glass gallery without any visible services. Our rapport has enabled the ongoing evolution of an art gallery environment that meets the highest international standards for humidity, temperature and light. This allows one of the country’s foremost cultural institutions to attract international showcase exhibitions and significant funding to achieve a shared vision. All its extensions have been recognised as exemplary public architecture by the Institute of Architects. The Kaldor Gallery is the first in Australia to use high-colour rendering metal-halide lamps. The Asian Gallery’s double-glass facade is both mechanical ducting and light source. 336,753 visitors attended Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, the only Southern Hemisphere exhibition on a world tour of just eight leading galleries.