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NGV Architecture Commission 2023

Cultural & Civic, Small Scale

NGV Architecture Commission 2023



With 2023 being the year of 3rd NGV Triennial, the timing of the Architecture Commission created an opportunity to thematically align the Architecture Commission to the Triennial.

For this reason, this year’s Architecture Commission has shifted from an open competition to an invited competition, with innovative and creative ideas invited from a carefully considered list of 10 practices from around the country. From this list the jury selected five teams to design a compelling and engaging design proposition for one of Australia’s great civic and cultural spaces. Invited practices were asked to respond to the aspirations of the competition brief while also considering the ambitions of the NGV Triennial through the thematic ‘pillars’ developed for the exhibition – magic, memory and matter. In addition to the change in competition structure, the jury for 2023 saw the return of Architecture Commission alumni: Architects who have delivered an NGV Architecture Commission in the past.


The invited practices were:

  •  Five Mile Radius and Julia Watson (QLD)

  • GFA2, Supercontext and Dean Cross (NSW)

  • Nic Brunsdon (WA)

  • Office MI—JI (VIC)


  • SPRESSER and Peter Besley (NSW)

  • Studiobird / SIMONA (VIC)

  • supermanoeuvre (VIC)

  • Taylor and Hinds with Dr Lois Peeler AM (TAS)

  • Youssofzay Hart with Zena Cumpston (NSW)

Five practices were shortlisted to develop their designs in stage two. The shortlisted practices were GFA2, Supercontext and Dean Cross, Nic Brunsdon, OFFICE of CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY and ARCHITECTURE, Studiobird / SIMONA and Taylor and Hinds with Dr Lois Peeler AM.




Wurundjeri Country


National Gallery of Victoria

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Competition Winners

Nic Brunsdon

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Aaron Roberts

Founding Director, Edition Office

Amy Muir

Director, MUIR Architecture

Donna McColm

Assistant Director, Curatorial and Audience Engagement

Grace Mortlock

Director, Other Architects

Vivian Mitsogianni

Dean, School of Architecture & Urban Design RMIT University

Project Updates

03 December 2023

2023 NGV Architecture Commission, (This is) Air by Nic Brunsdon


23 November 2023

Architect Nic Brunsdon wants us to look at air with his NGV exhibit.


10 August 2023

All the submissions to the 2023 NGV Architecture Commission

ArchitectureAU ↗

18 July 2023

Giant balloon wins 2023 NGV Architecture Commission.

ArchitectureAU ↗

In the media

‘This magnificent public artwork will, quite literally, breathe life and creativity into the NGV Garden and will delight and inspire people of all ages. The Allan Labor Government is proud to support this work alongside the incredible NGV Triennial, which is set to attract thousands of visitors to the gallery and Melbourne over the summer. This exhibition will be packed with awe-inspiring art and design and will be free for everyone to enjoy.’

The Hon. Colin Brooks, Minister for Creative Industries

NGV, 22 Nov 2023 ↗

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