2019 NGV Architecture commission shortlist announced

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced the shortlisted teams in contention to design the 2019 Architecture Commission.

The competition jury has reviewed 100 submissions and selected five site-specific, low-impact design proposals.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Alter Atlas Architecture
  • Aspect Studios and Trias
  • Edition Office and Yhonnie Scarce
  • Lee Yang Yang and Louise Allen
  • Ursula Chandler Architects and Marko Radosavljevic

The NGV’s Architecture Commission is an annual installation of a site-specific work of temporary architecture in the Grollo Equiset Garden. Each year, the gallery invites architects to participate in an open and anonymous design competition for the commission.

The 2019 jury said, “In their conceptual origins, many submissions received in stage one broadly respond to social and cultural narratives relevant to architecture and the built environment. The jury notes the strength of such an approach, at a time when the territory between creative practice and wider cultural issues and social concerns is an increasingly fertile ground.”

The 2019 Jury comprises Jill Garner (jury chair, principal of Garner Davis Architects and Victorian Government Architect), Corbett Lyon (co-founder of Lyons Architecture and NGV trustee), Andrew Clark (deputy director of NGV), Clare Cousins (principal of Clare Cousins Architects and national president of the Australian Institute of Architects), Timothy Moore (director of Sibling Architecture).

NGV director Tony Ellwood said, “It is exciting to see the diversity and level of refinement in this year’s shortlist. The list reveals that architecture increasingly displays a curiosity to explore new thresholds of practice, knowledge, skills and engagement. This NGV Architecture Commission Competition creates opportunities for broad audiences to experience firsthand the ideas of architecture as something they can interact, participate, examine, communicate, think and feel.”

The shortlisted teams will present their proposals in a public event as part of Melbourne Design Week on 21 March, which will also include a one-night-only exhibition of the submissions. The winner will be announced following the presentation. For more information on the exhibition and presentation, click here.

The 2019 NGV Architecture Commission will be installed from November 2019 to April 2020.

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