NGV Architecture Commission 2017


State Victoria
Client National Gallery of Victoria
Competition Anonymous two stage design competition
Winner Retallack Thompson and Other Architects

Jury
Jill Garner (Chair, Victorian Government Architect)
Corbett Lyon (Architect, National Gallery of Victoria Trustee)
Ewan McEoin (Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria)
Amy Muir (Architect, AIA Victorian Chapter Councillor)
Naomi Stead (Academic, Head of Monash School of Architecture)
SueAnne Ware (Academic)

The NGV Architecture Commission is an annual open competition, which asks architects to consider innovative ways to activate one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden, with a thought-provoking work of temporary architecture.

The winnind design entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects, the elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. Each of the enfenced ‘rooms’ frame particular features found in the garden, including Henry Moore’s bronze sculpture Draped seated woman, 1958, heightening visitors’ encounters with the artworks and furniture, trees and plantings that are circumferenced by the walls.