Entry to the 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition is now open with Australian architects and designers invited to create thought-provoking works of temporary architecture for the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International.

The National Gallery of Victoria urges architects and designers to explore new propositions about architecture and design, and demonstrate innovation in material use, fabrication, sustainability and recyclability. Competitors can respond to the site in their own unique ways with design ideas taking many forms from a pavilion of shade and retreat, or a place for play or reflection to a venue to share food, perform or gather.

Observing that design and architecture can enrich culture and society, NGV Director Tony Ellwood said they looked forward to seeing innovative and inspiring entries over the months ahead. Mr Ellwood also announced the jury for next year’s competition, drawn from the Australian architecture community.

Judges for the 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition include Corbett Lyon, Director, Lyons Architecture (VIC); Rachel Neeson, Director, Neeson Murcutt Architects (NSW); Emma Williamson, Practice Director, CODA (WA); and Fleur Watson, Curator, RMIT Design Hub (VIC). Andrew Mackenzie of City Lab will act as competition advisor, working with the NGV and the Australian Institute of Architects to ensure industry-best standards for the competitive process.

To be held in two stages, the competition will see the submission of high level design proposals in Stage One, with up to five entries to be chosen to receive an honorarium and proceed to Stage Two. The final winner will be announced in April 2016.

Led by the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, the inaugural Architecture Commission was presented in 2015 by John Wardle Architects, who designed an exuberant pavilion of steel, timber and hand-formed textile elements. Taking inspiration from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the pavilion lifts dramatically on high arches to form an open-sided, shaded space.

The NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition process is developed and delivered by City Lab. The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by the Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.

Important dates

Registrations open on 1 December 2015.

Stage One and Question Period open on 9 December 2015.

Entries close on 25 January 2016.


Register for the 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition by visiting City Lab.

Image: 2015 Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects at NGV International. Photo: John Gollings