The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has opened registrations for the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission.

The annual design competition invites architect-led teams to consider innovative ways to activate the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden with a work of temporary architecture. 

“While titled an architecture commission, it is an important ambition of this annual site-specific commission that it offers the opportunity for architecture to be enacted in the broadest sense,” reads a statement from the gallery.  

“To this end the Gallery specifically invites design proposals that promote collaboration and multi-disciplinary thinking. Proposals should demonstrate the capacity of design to actively engage the community.”

The competition will be held in two stages with an anonymous Stage One calling for high level design proposals, from which up to five proposals will proceed to a paid Stage Two. These five shortlisted submissions will be further developed and refined in Stage Two for presentation to the competition jury. The winner will be commissioned by the NGV to complete the design, development and delivery of the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission.

“Architecture increasingly displays a curiosity to explore new thresholds of practice, knowledge, skills and engagement,” says Ewan McEoin, senior curator of contemporary design and architecture at the NGV.

“This NGV Architecture Commission Competition creates opportunities to realise works of architecture that enable good ideas to become a reality, and through doing so, to create new ways for architecture to engage with people, crafting opportunities for broad audiences to experience firsthand the ideas of architecture as something with which they can interact, participate, examine, communicate, think and feel.”

The 2017 commission was designed by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. Open until 15 April, Garden Wall comprises over 119 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh that, together, form 168 metres of passages.

2018 registrations are open until 13 March.