There are four main design phases to any major construction project, and the Museum is no different:
- Concept design – the earliest phase of the design process broadly outlines conceptual solutions for function and form to meet the requirements of the design brief.
- Preliminary design – in this phase the concept design is refined with scaled plans and elevations.
- Developed design – in this stage the design is refined and final decisions are made for the use of materials. At the conclusion of Developed Design the building is sufficiently defined to give a clear understanding of the scope of work, costs and the architectural look and feel.
- Detailed design – a detailed description of the building work is put together and includes detail drawings, schedules, specifications and contracts. These documents are all required before a building consent can be issued. Changes made at this stage can be extremely costly.