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NGV Architecture Commission 2018

Cultural & Civic, Small Scale

NGV Architecture Commission 2018



Each year, multidisciplinary design teams 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 multidisciplinary design 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. The ambition of the Commission is to offer an opportunity for architecture and design to be enacted and experienced in their broadest sense. To this end, the Commission encourages proposals that are thought-provoking, issues-led, relevant and resonant and that can facilitate or instigate conversations, dialogue, immersion or reflection. Design proposals are invited to explore various trajectories including (but not limited to) a space to celebrate culture, an experimental work of speculative architecture, an exploration of possible futures, an investigation into ecology, a landscape intervention, a sensorial environment, a place designed for playful interaction, or an immersive space for rest.

The winner of this competition is MUIR Architecture + Openwork. Their proposal, entitled ‘DoubleGround’ draws from the façade forms, timber linings and internal courtyards of Grounds’ 1960s design of NGV International, resulting in a multi-level installation that offers new vistas and perspectives for visitors to experience the Grollo Equiset Garden.




Wurundjeri Country


National Gallery of Victoria

Project type


Competition Winners

MUIR Architecture + Openwork

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Corbett Lyon

Founding Director, Lyons

Eugenia Lim

Founding Editor, Assemble Papers

Isabelle Toland

Director, Aileen Sage Architects

Lisa Byrne

Director, McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery

Stefan Preuss

Associate Victorian Government Architect


National Award for Small Project Architecture, 2019 National Architecture Awards

Kevin Borland Award for Small Project Architecture, 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards

Award of Excellence, Small Projects, 2019 AILA Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards

Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award, 2019 Think Brick Awards

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