From 5 October 2020, the NGV invites architect-led teams to participate in the NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition for 2021.
Competitors are invited to activate the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International with an engaging temporary structure or installation.
This is a two-stage design competition open to architects or multi-disciplinary teams led by a registered architect. Teams can include Australian and international members and may bring together various design and broader creative disciplines to propose a project that explores new terrain for an architecture commission – from a conceptual, material, experiential or formal sense.
While titled an architecture commission, the ambition of the commission is to continually evolve and remain relevant by offering an opportunity for architecture to be enacted and experienced in the broadest sense. To this end the Gallery encourages proposals that are though-provoking, issues-led, relevant and resonant and that can facilitate or instigate conversations, dialogue, immersion, or reflection.
The NGV Garden is a unique cultural and civic space in the heart of Melbourne, yet it is also a sculpture garden built on a roof deck structure, and as such presents a particular set of challenges – spatially and technically. As such the commission is expected to deliver a compelling response to the site while also utilising low impact design and construction methodologies that intelligently respond to the site condition.
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 2021 NGV Architecture Commission.
‘Since 2015 this series has moved in unanticipated and exciting directions, a direct result of the breadth of ideas fielded in the open competition process and the vigorous efforts of the competition juries over the years to avoid a preconceived notion of what the commission ‘should be’ and instead support the strongest ideas through the competition process. We encourage teams – established and emerging, large and small – and across broad disciplines to make the time this year to engage with each other and embrace this opportunity’.
Tony Ellwood AM, Director NGV
Led by the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, 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).
Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV (Jury Chair)
Ewan McEoin, Hugh D.T Williamson Senior Curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV
Sophie Rzepecky, Editor, Assemble Papers
Felicity Stewart, Director, Stewart Architecture
Louise Wright, Co-director, Baracco + Wright Architects
The NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition process is developed and delivered by CityLab.