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The Architecture Commission is a two-stage open competition calling for architects and multi-disciplinary teams led by a registered architect to consider innovative ways to activate NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden, at NGV International, with a thought-provoking temporary installation.
The shortlisted teams for 2021 selected from over 100 submissions and reviewed by an expert panel includes:
Submissions for the 2021 commission were rich with concepts grounded in both playfulness and attentive to human-scale qualities. Submissions showcased a breadth of research into fabrication techniques and sensitivity to the afterlife of structures.
The 2021 jury comprises: Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV and Jury Chair; Ewan McEoin, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV; Sophie Rzepecky, Editor, Assemble Papers; Felicity Stewart, Director, Stewart Architecture; and Louise Wright, Co-director, Baracco + Wright Architects.
These five shortlisted submissions will be further developed and refined in Stage Two, for presentation to the competition jury. The winner will be announced at the 2021 Melbourne Design Week and 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.