Competition launched for 2019 NGV Architecture Commission

The National Gallery has launched a design competition for the fifth annual Architecture Commission to be installed in 2019.

Design teams led by architects are invited to submit proposals that activate the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International with an engaging temporary structure or installation.

The NGV asks teams to consider architecture in the broadest sense and encourage collaboration with and multidisciplinary thinking. “Design proposals can be many things including a performance space, a work of speculative architecture, a landscape intervention, a place designed for playful interaction, or an immersive space for reflection,” said the gallery.

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Ewan McEoin, senior curator of contemporary design and architecture at NGV said, “Architecture increasingly displays a curiosity to explore new thresholds of practice, knowledge, skills and engagement. The NGV Architecture Commission Competition creates opportunities to realize works of architecture that enable good ideas to become a reality, and through doing so, to create new ways for architecture to engage with people, crafting opportunities for broad audiences to experience first-hand the ideas of architecture as something with which they can interact, participate, examine, communicate, think and feel.”

The NGV garden is built atop an underground carpark structure. As such, the gallery seeks proposals that intelligently respond to the site conditions and will utilise low impact design and construction methodologies.

Proposals should also demonstrate the capacity of design to actively engage the community.

The competition will be held in two stages with the first stage to be judge anonymously. Up to five proposals will be shortlisted to proceed to stage two to be further developed and refined.

A jury will selected a winning team which will be commissioned to deliver the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission.

The jury comprises Jill Garner (chair and Victorian Government Architect), Corbett Lyon (co-founder of Lyons Architecture, NGV trustee and visiting professor at the Melbourne School of Design), Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects and national president of the Australian Institute of Architects) Andrew Clark (deputy director of NGV) and Timothy Moore (director of Sibling Architecture).

Registrations for the competition will close on 21 January 2019 and stage one submissions will close on 28 January.

A shortlist will be announced on 6 February and the winner will be announced on 23 March during Melbourne Design Week.

For information and to register, click here.

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