A competition to build an art residency and gallery in Japan drew over 150 entries. A selection of these can be viewed above.
The attraction of the brief was its modesty: the construction budget was small – about $237,000 – and the scale was only 130 square metres. The competition generated a plethora of Australian projects that referenced sheds, farmhouses and huts, right down to their resolute timber materiality. In parallel, the Japanese-based architects presented a diversity of schemes, including Florian Busch’s autonomous mirrored box that reflects the sky.
The jury, led by Tadao Ando and Tom Heneghan, unanimously chose Sydney-based Andrew Burns Architect’s proposal due to its meeting the requirements of “reasonable, robust and small.” Andrew Burns’s winning project sits as an art object in the landscape, but is domestic in scale. This is emphasized by a series of full-height panels that echo Australian Georgian farmhouse windows.
B.A.M.F. attained second place in the competition, while Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates, Andrew Burges Architecture, John Wardle Architects, Sakumastudio, Shuichiro Yoshida Architects and Edwards Moore Architects were all finalists.
Andrew Burns’s winning building will be completed by mid 2012.