NGV Contemporary Design Competition

State Victoria
Client Development Victoria
Competition Two Stage EOI and Two Stage Design Competition
Winner TBC

Maree Clarke Artist, Curator and Art Consultant
Tony Ellwood AM
Director, NGV
Jill Garner AM Victorian Government Architect and Principal, Garner Davis Architects
Francine Houben Founding Director, Mecanoo
Corbett Lyon (Chair) NGV Trustee and Director, Lyons Architecture
Gerard Reinmuth Director TERROIR, Professor of Practice, UTS
Xu Tiantian Founding Principal, DnA_Design and Architecture


CityLab is very pleased to announce that it has been retained as the Competition Advisor for the NGV Contemporary Design Competition.

NGV Contemporary will be a landmark gallery that celebrates the central role of art and design in contemporary life and culture. With more than 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, it will be the largest museum of contemporary art and design in Australia. Located in the heart of the re-imagined Melbourne Arts Precinct, NGV Contemporary will amplify Melbourne’s leadership position as a global centre of architectural excellence, art, design, and creative innovation.

The NGV Contemporary Design Competition seeks visionary, sustainable and dynamic design approaches from a multidisciplinary Australian design team, offering an unparalleled platform to showcase Australia’s world-leading design and architecture industries.

Australian architects are now invited to register their interest for the NGV Contemporary Design Competition.

Leadership in Australian design
The competition celebrates Australia’s world-class architecture and design capabilities and invests significantly in local talent. Through design and construction NGV Contemporary will provide a long-lasting impact on the local design and architecture industry.

Searching for design excellence
A project of this prominence and importance to Victoria deserves the very best architecture and design Australia can produce. This is a city-shaping opportunity to deliver the highest possible quality for its users, the city and the environment.

Collaborative and cross-disciplinary

The NGV Contemporary Design Competition encourages creative collaboration and embraces diversity of expertise and experience. The design brief is layered and complex and requires a diverse range of design professionals to fully exploit its opportunities.

Local industry engagement
Now more than ever the local design and built environment economy needs support and encouragement. The competition calls for proposals that maximise the opportunities for this project to contribute positively to the local economy, industry and jobs. NGV Contemporary will be a global architectural landmark that demonstrates the skill and capability of the local design industry.

This Project is classified as a Strategic Project, which is subject to minimum local content requirements. Consistent with this, and in support of the local design industry, the Competition requires Competitors to commit to achieving a minimum percentage of fees under the Contract going directly to Australian firms, capping international participation.

Support for a wide range of design practices
NGV Contemporary requires significant experience and capability from those primarily responsible for its design and delivery. The competition also encourages collaborative engagement with specialists, emerging design leaders and innovators to meet NGV Contemporary’s future needs.

The following Competitor Teams have been longlisted by the Jury and endorsed by the Victorian Government to proceed to Stage One.

007. The Melbourne Cultural Collective
ARM Architecture, Woods Bagot, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Sibling Architecture, Studio Adrien Gardere, Grumpy Sailor, Boon Wurrung Foundation, 4D Workshop, Norman Disney & Young, Buro Happold, Marshall Day Acoustics, Electrolight Australia, One Mile Grid, Movement Strategies, MGAC Victoria, PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants

008. Bates Smart and Smart Design Studio
Bates Smart, Smart Design, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, studioplusthree, Arup, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Steensen Varming, Studio Ongarato Design

023. John Wardle Architects
John Wardle Architects, OCULUS, Pierce Widera, Searle x Waldron Architecture, Greenshoot Consulting, Hecker Guthrie, Hodyl & Co, Atelier Ten, WSP, Steensen Varming, Fabio Ongarato Design, Phillip Chun, L’Observatoire International, Mott MacDonald

Jackson Clements Burrows, Clare Design, Peter Stutchbury, Site Office Landscape Architecture, Design Urban, TTW, Aurecon, Flux Consultants

033. A collaboration between Denton Corker Marshall and Kerstin Thompson Architects
Denton Corker Marshall, Kerstin Thompson Architects, SBLA Studio, Tellart, Tiiamanno Consultants, Arup, Buro North

057. Field
Architectus, Edition Office, Durbach Block Jaggers, Openwork, Daniel Browning, Karen Milward, Lovell Chen, WSP, Finding Infinity, Surface Design, Speirs Major, Art Processors

066. Angelo Candalepas and Associates Pty Limited
Angelo Candalepas and Associates, Aspect Studios, Andy Fergus Design Strategy, Carr Interiors, Richard Stampton, BoardGrove Architects, Steensen Varming, Mott MacDonald, TTW, Affinity Fire Engineering, Freeman Ryan Design, AX Interactive, Art of Fact

083. Open Weave
Grimshaw, Winwood Mckenzie, Baracco Wright, McGregor Coxall Australia, Foolscap, Relative Projects, 20-20 Studio, Flux Consultants, AECOM, Eckersley O’Callaghan, 2X4 Inc, Paul Memmott

A successful design team will be announced in summer 2021/22.