Over the course of 2021, the collaborative team of Durbach Block Jaggers, @architectusau @editionoffice and @_openwork known as FIELD, progressed to the final shortlist of four over a four-stage design competition for the @ngvmelbourne Contemporary Gallery.
The building is a softened geography, connecting to the familiarity of the natural form, both ancient and contemporary. A soft cloak enclosing and revealing a hive of adventure.
NGV Contemporary is a place, not a monument.
Its landscape and built form are valued equally.
Its understanding begins with Country.
NGV Contemporary is a companion in a networked precinct, not a stand-alone building.
It is permeable, not hermetic.
It is a part of the city, not an island.
NGV Contemporary embraces the plural and rejects the singular.
It is a forum for conversation, not monologue.
It is coherent, connected, radical.
Thank you to
@balugahn our First Nations advisor
@finding_infinity for a ground-breaking sustainability strategy
@wsp_australia for your engineering expertise
@speirsmajor, @lovellchen, @artprocessors, @frost_collective, Surface Design, and Karen Milward for your support
@ned_donohoe Video Director/Editor
@narrative.graphics renderings, @filippobolognese Images and @mogamma_
Newcastle East End - Stage 3 & 4