NGV Architecture Commission 2021

State Victoria
Client The National Gallery of Victoria
Competition Anonymous Two Stage Design Competition
Winner Taylor Knights with James Carey
Tony Ellwood Director, NGV
Ewan McEoin Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV
Sophie Rzepecky Editor, Assemble Papers
Felicity Stewart Director, Stewart Architecture
Louise Wright Co-director, Baracco + Wright Architects

From 12 October 2020, the NGV invites architect-led teams, to participate in the NGV Architecture Commission 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 that include 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.

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.

The winning proposal, Pond[er], is evocative of Australia’s inland salt lakes. The design references Roy Grounds’s open-air courtyards in the original design of NGV International and comprises two key design elements: a body of Indigenous plants and a body of water. The pink body of water makes a direct reference to the many inland salt lakes in Victoria and highlights “the scarcity, importance and political implications of water as a natural resource.”

The NGV Architecture Commission will be open over the summer of 2021-2022.