From 20th October 2021, the NGV invites multi-disciplinary teams to participate in the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission Competition.
Each year, the annual commission is selected via a two-stage national competition, in which architects or multi-disciplinary teams are invited to submit a design which is thought-provoking, issues-led, relevant and resonant and that can, in a non-didactic way, facilitate or instigate conversations, dialogue, immersion, or reflection.
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.
While titled an architecture commission, it is an important ambition of this annual site-specific commission that it continues to offer the opportunity for architecture to be enacted in the broadest sense. To this end the Gallery specifically invites design proposals that promote collaboration and multi-disciplinary thinking. Proposals should demonstrate the capacity of design to actively engage the community.
The Competition will be held in two stages. An anonymous Stage One calls for high level design proposals, of which up to five will be chosen to proceed to a paid Stage Two. These five shortlisted submissions will be further developed and refined in Stage Two, for presentation to the competition jury. The jury will select a winner, who will be commissioned by the NGV to complete the design development and delivery of the 2022 NGV Architecture Commission.
2022 marks the seventh NGV Architecture Commission. The NGV Architecture Commission has previously been designed by Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office (2019), MUIR + OPENWORK (2018), Retallack Thompson and Other Architects (2017), [email protected] STUDIO Architects (2016), John Wardle Architects (2015). The 2021 NGV Architecture Commission, currently under construction, was designed by Taylor Knights and James Carey (2021).
Competition Stage One
Registrations Open 13/10/21
Stage One Open 20/10/21
Stage One Question Period 20/10/21 – 24/11/21
Registrations Close 12pm AEST 24/11/21
Stage One Close 12pm AEST 01/12/21
Competition Stage Two
Stage Two Open 17/12/21
Stage Two Question Period 17/12/21 – 11/02/22
Stage Two Close 12pm AEST 25/02/22
Stage Two Jury Presentations 03/03/22
About the NGV Architecture Commission series
Following the founding of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV in 2015, the Gallery developed the NGV Architecture Commission series to offer a unique opportunity for Australian architects and designers to propose a compelling design idea for presentation within one of Australia’s great civic and cultural spaces – the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International.
Seeking to exhibit leading architectural ideas in the context of the NGV, the series was instigated in 2015 with John Wardle Architects’ I Dips Me Lid, a playful steel, timber and textile structure which provided a theatrical centrepiece offering shade, retreat and a place for performance and workshops.
In 2017 [email protected] Studio’s hyperreal suburban carwash Haven’t you always wanted…? won the Melbourne Prize in the Victorian Architecture Awards. In 2018 Retallack Thompson and Other Architects’ Garden Wall, a maze-like series of open-air passageways, corridors and rooms was awarded a commendation in the Victorian Architecture Awards Small Projects category. In 2019 Muir + Openwork’s Doubleground was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects national award for small project architecture and the Victorian chapter’s Kevin Borland award for small project architecture. In 2020 Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office’s In Absence won the Victorian chapter’s Kevin Borland award for small project architecture and the global award for small building of the year at the 2020 Dezeen Awards.
Amaia Sanchez-Velasco – Lecturer School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney
Don Heron – Assistant Director Exhibitions Management and Design, NGV (Chair)
Linda Cheng – Editor, Architecture AU
Michael Banney – Founding Director, M3
Mel Dodd – Head of Department of Architecture, Monash University
Rachel Nolan – Founding Director, Kennedy Nolan
The NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition process is developed and delivered by CityLab.